Washington, Pierce County Marriage Returns (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Washington, Pierce County Marriage Returns, 1891-1950 .
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Pierce, Washington, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Marriage
Collection years 1891-1950
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What Is in the Collection?

This collection includes marriage records recorded within Pierce County for the years 1891 to 1950. 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.

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.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington, Pierce County Marriage Returns, 1891-1950.


Collection Content

Coverage Map

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

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What Can This Collection Tell Me?

These marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date of license
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name and age of groom
  • Number or marriages for groom
  • Race, residence and occupation of groom
  • Birthplace of groom
  • Name of groom's parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Name and age of bride
  • Number of marriages for bride
  • Race, residence and occupation of bride
  • Birthplace of bride
  • Names or bride's parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Name and title of person performing ceremony
  • Names of witnesses and their residence(s)

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.

Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several images before you find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page
⇒ Select the "County" category
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Date Range and Volume"


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

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 information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • 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 Washington, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Washington 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:

"Washington, Pierce County Marriage Returns, 1891-1950" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing County Auditor. Citing County Auditor. State Archives, Bellevue.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington, Pierce County Marriage Returns, 1891-1950.


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