Texas, Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Texas Marriages, 1966-2010 .
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Texas, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Marriage Index
Collection years 1966-2010
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What is in the Collection?

This collection contains indexes of marriage license applications from all counties in the state of Texas for the years 1966 to 2010. The indexes were prepared by the Vital Statistics Unit of the Department of State Health Services and have been published on the Department's website. Many marriages recorded in the South, are separated by race in volumes, books, or registers. Be sure to check to determine if you have the right set of marriage records.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas Marriages, 1966-2010.


What Can these Records Tell Me?

Texas Marriage Indexes usually contain the following information:

  • Age of Bride
  • Age of Groom
  • Bride's Given Name(s)
  • Bride's Last Name
  • Groom's Given Name(s)
  • Groom's Last Name
  • Calculated birth year for bride and groom
  • County Code
  • Full date of Marriage
  • Place of Marriage


Collection Content

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Texas marriages, click here.

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date of marriage.
  • The place where the marriage occurred.
  • The name of the intended spouse.

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page.


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What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the index to locate the actual marriage record.
  • Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members. Witnesses or bondsmen were usually relatives.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Texas, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Texas Archives and Libraries.

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.  

Collection Citation:

"Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Texas Vital Statistics Unit. "Texas, Marriage Index." Department of State Health Services, Texas Vital Statistics Unit, Austin, Texas.

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 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010.


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