Oklahoma County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: Oklahoma County Marriages, 1890-1995 .
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 What If I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For?
- 6 General Information About Marriage Records
- 7 Known Issues with This Collection
- 8 Related Web Sites
- 9 Related Wiki Articles
- 10 How You Can Contribute
- 11 Citing this Collection
What is in the Collection?
Most of this collection consists of marriage licenses and certificates, including a few marriage declarations and marriage stubs. The collection covers the years 1890 to 1995.
The records are arranged by county, then by volume and year range. The form type varies between register style and certificate style. County clerks usually used the same printed form during the same time periods. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some records.
The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page.
Coverage Table and Map
Coverage tables for this collection are available in the wiki article Oklahoma County Marriages Coverage Tables (FamilySearch Historical Records).
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Oklahoma marriages, click here.
Information found in these marriage records includes the following:
- Names of the bride and groom
- Date and place of marriage
- Birthplaces of the bride and groom
- Current residences of bride and groom
- Names of parents or guardians of bride and groom
- Names of witnesses
- Name of person officiating at marriage
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The names of the bride or the groom.
- Other identifying information such as the approximate marriage date or place.
Search the Collection
To search the collection by name:
These records are in process of indexing and will be added as completed. Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
- If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
- Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
- Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records. *Use the residence and names of the parents to locate census, church and land records.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Residences may help you to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is uncommon.
- Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
- The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
What If I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword Oklahoma, Marriage Records items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article Oklahoma Archives and Libraries.|
General Information About Marriage Records
Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county. The records usually are kept from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.
Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.
The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.
Known Issues with This Collection
For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to email@example.com. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
Related Web Sites
Oklahoma Marriages Genweb Archives - Scroll down to see all counties
Related Wiki Articles
How You Can Contribute
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Citing this Collection
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- "Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing County courthouses, Oklahoma.
Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):
|The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Oklahoma County Marriages, 1890-1995.|