Summary of Marriage Records in the United States by State
Places to look for Marriage Records
- State Archives
- City and County civil registrations
- Chruch records of marriages
- Online records sites like Ancestry, Footnote, World Vital Records, Heritage Quest...
- FamilySearch in the Advanced Search, Records Search, and Historic Books
- Newspapers often listed articles about marriages
- Family Bibles and personal histories
- Obituraries sometimes give marriage dates
- Submitted genealogies posted by others
- Google and other web site search sites, and don't forget to search Google Books
Look for more detailed information on each of these areas in the Wiki under each State Portal page by clicking on the link for each of these different types of Records. You can also find more information on marriage records at United States Vital Records.
Summary of where to find Marriage Records online for each State
For more details about marriage records in each state go to the State Vital Records page for that state. This listing is just a summary of places online where you can search for marriage records for each State.
Alabama Marriage Collection 1800-1969 searchable online at Ancestry.com
Western States Marriage Index has some Alaska Marriage Records available to search for free online.
Western States Marriage Index has some Arizona Marriage Records available to search for free online.
Arizona Marriage Collection 1864-1982 is searchable online at Ancestry.com
Arkansas Marriage Index 1933-1939 is searchable online at Ancestry.com
California Marriage Index 1960-1985 is searchable online at Ancestry.com