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== What is in the Collection? ==
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The collection consists of an index and images of marriages recorded in Georgia counties for the years 1785 to 1950. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records, although a few counties may have records from earlier or later. 
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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 records are arranged by county, then by volume and year range. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some. The earliest records were usually handwritten on loose papers and&nbsp;later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page while others had single records per page.
  
== Record Description  ==
 
  
The collection consists of an index and images of marriages recorded in Georgia counties for the years 1785 to 1950. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records, although a few counties may have records from earlier or later.
 
  
== Record Content&nbsp;  ==
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
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Information usually found in the marriage records include the following:  
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==What Can these Records Tell Me?==
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'''Marriage records''' usually include the following:  
  
 
*Name of the groom  
 
*Name of the groom  
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*Marriage place
 
*Marriage place
  
Later records also include:  
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Later '''marriage records''' also include:  
  
 
*Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom  
 
*Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom  
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*Marital status of the bride and groom
 
*Marital status of the bride and groom
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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==Collection Content==
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know
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=== Coverage Map  ===
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Georgia marriages, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/GA_FRM.html here].
  
*Names of the bride and groom
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===Image Visibility===
*Identifying information such as the approximate marriage date and place
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Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians.
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These images can be viewed online by members of the supporting organization(s), at a [https://familysearch.org/locations/ Family History Center] near you, or the [[Family History Library]]. 
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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For additional information about image restrictions, please see the [[Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections]] page.
  
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors 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 look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
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=== Sample Image ===
 
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
 
 
 
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
 
 
 
==== Using the Information  ====
 
 
 
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 and parents' names.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
 
*Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
 
 
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
 
 
 
*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.  
 
*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 unusual.
 
*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.
 
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*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.
 
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
 
  
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
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== How Do I Search the Collection?  ==
*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
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=== To Search the Index to This Collection ===
*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 with the same family number.
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#Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you know. This will provide possible a list of matches. Compare the information in the lists to what you already know to determine if you found the correct person.
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#Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1927197 Collection Page]
  
==== General Information About These Records ====
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=== To Browse Images of the Records ===
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#Check the indexes at the beginning or end.  If your ancestor is in the index write down the page numbers listed for your ancestor so that you can then quickly turn to those pages.
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#Go to the collection '''[https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1927197/waypoints browse page].'''
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#Select the County name
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#Select the Record Type, Year Range, and Volumes or License Numbers
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#Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person.
  
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.  
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
The records are arranged by county, then by volume and year range. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some.  
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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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.
  
The earliest records were usually handwritten on loose papers and&nbsp;later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page while others had single records per page.  
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
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*Use the information to find additional family members. Witnesses or bondsmen were usually relatives.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.  
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*[[Georgia Church Records| Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
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.<br>
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now? === 
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*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.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
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*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. 
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*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 b
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rowsing through images. 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Georgia, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [Georgia Archives and Libraries]].
  
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary|United States, How to Use the Records Summary]].  
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{{Tip|'''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.}}
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, see the attached [[Georgia County Marriages (Family Search Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. 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.  
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, see the attached [[Georgia County Marriages (Family Search Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. 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 Websites ==
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=124 Georgia County Marriages]
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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.
*[http://www.ancestorhunt.com/georgia-genealogy.htm Free Georgia Genealogy Databases]
 
*[http://www.idreamof.com/marriage/ga.html I Dream of Genealogy Georgia Marriages]
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/georgia/ Access Genealogy Georgia]
 
*[http://www.genealinks.com/states/ga.htm Georgia Genealogy Sites]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
  
[[Georgia Vital Records|Georgia Vital Records]]
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation| text =“Georgia County Marriages, 1785-1950. ” Database with Images. ''FamilySearch''. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. County Courthouses, Georgia.}}<br><br>
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
“Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the “Show Citation” box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1927197/waypoints Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950]
 
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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Georgia, United States
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Location of Georgia
Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1785-1950
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites


What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images of marriages recorded in Georgia counties for the years 1785 to 1950. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records, although a few counties may have records from earlier or later.

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 records are arranged by county, then by volume and year range. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some. The earliest records were usually handwritten on loose papers and later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page while others had single records per page.


To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Georgia County Marriages, 1785-1950.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Marriage records usually include the following:

  • Name of the groom
  • Name of the bride, often including the maiden name of the bride
  • Names of the officiator and witnesses
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place

Later marriage records also include:

  • Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom
  • Birthplaces of the bride and groom
  • Residences of the bride and groom
  • Age and races of the bride and groom
  • Marital status of the bride and groom

Collection Content

Coverage Map

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

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. These images can be viewed online by members of the supporting organization(s), at a Family History Center near you, or the Family History Library.

For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

Sample Image


How Do I Search the Collection?

To Search the Index to This Collection

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you know. This will provide possible a list of matches. Compare the information in the lists to what you already know to determine if you found the correct person.
  2. Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page

To Browse Images of the Records

  1. Check the indexes at the beginning or end. If your ancestor is in the index write down the page numbers listed for your ancestor so that you can then quickly turn to those pages.
  2. Go to the collection browse page.
  3. Select the County name
  4. Select the Record Type, Year Range, and Volumes or License Numbers
  5. Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person.


For more 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. 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 b

rowsing 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 Georgia, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the [Georgia Archives and Libraries]].

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

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 support@familysearch.org. 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.

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:

“Georgia County Marriages, 1785-1950. ” Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. County Courthouses, Georgia.

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 Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950.


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 Georgia County Marriages, 1785-1950.


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