Texas County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing this Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
This article covers multiple collections.
The "Texas County Marriage Index, 1837-1977" collection is an index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas.
The "Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965" collection consists of various types of marriage records from 183 of the 254 counties in Texas. The collection covers the years of 1837-1965.
The records include marriage registers, intentions and licenses which are either handwritten in a journal style or handwritten on pre-printed forms in a register style. Journal style usually has a single entry per page and registers usually have multiple entries on each page. County clerks generally used the same printed form during the same time periods. The records are arranged by county, then by volume and year range.
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas County Marriage Index, 1837-1977.|
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965.|
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Texas marriages, click here.
Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county 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.
What Can this Collection Tell Me?
The records generally contain the following information:
- Name of the groom
- Name of the bride
- Title of bride and groom (such as Mr., Mrs., or Miss)
- Names of the officiator and title (such as Reverend or Minister)
- Date of the marriage
- Place of marriage
They may also give:
- Age of bride and groom
- Residence of bride and groom
- Names of parents or legal guardians
- Residence of parents or legal guardians
|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.|
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 family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.
For Texas County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page.
For Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965 Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page.
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1977 . Click on camera icon to see images.|
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977. Click on camera icon to see images.|
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 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.
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).
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 for "Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965":
- "Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Various county clerk offices, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Texas Dept. of State Health Services and Golightly-Payne-Coon Co.
Record citation (or citation for the index entry):
Collection citation for "Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977":
- "Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing County courthouses, state-wide, Texas.
Record citation (or citation for the index entry):
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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