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== Record Description ==
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|title= Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950
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This Collection will include records from1790 to 1950.
 
  
Most of this collection consists of marriage licenses and certificates, including a few marriage declarations and marriage stubs.
 
  
The records are arranged by county, then by volume and year range. The form type varies between register style and certificate style. County clerks usually used the same printed form during the same time periods. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some records.  
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== What is in this Collection? ==   
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This collection consists of marriage licenses and certificates, including a few marriage declarations and marriage stubs. This records cover the years 1790 to 1950.  
  
The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page. Later records were handwritten on preprinted pages.
 
  
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.&nbsp;
 
  
The marriage date, place, and residence of the bride and groom are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.  
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Coverage Map ===
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/TN_FRM.html Tennessee marriages, click here].
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===Image Visibility===
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Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. Some of the images in this collection are only available for viewing if you are a registered FamilySearch user. You can register for a free FamilySearch account [https://familysearch.org/register/1 here].
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For additional information about image restrictions, please see the [[Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections]] page.  
  
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.&nbsp;
 
  
For a list of film numbers currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1619127/waypoints Browse].
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'''Marriage bonds records''' may contain the following information:   
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*Name of the groom 
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*Name of the bride 
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*Names of the officiator and witnesses 
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*Date of the marriage 
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*Date of bond 
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'''Marriage records''' may contain the following information:
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*Date and place of marriage 
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*Name and age of the groom 
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*Name and age of the bride 
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*Sometimes, name of person giving consent 
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*Name of the officiator 
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*Names of witnesses 
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*Residences of the bride and groom
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
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=== Sample Images ===  
 
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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Image:Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 (09-0146)(09-0147)(10-0114) Bond DGS 200316_275.jpg|Marriage Bond
 
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Image:Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 (09-0146)(09-0147)(10-0114) Record DGS 467487_525.jpg|Marriage Record
{{Collection citation | text= "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.}}
 
 
 
<br> [[Tennessee County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
<gallery caption="Tennessee Marriage Record Examples" widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">
 
Image:Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 (09-0146)(09-0147)(10-0114) Bond DGS 200316_275.jpg
 
Image:Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 (09-0146)(09-0147)(10-0114) Record DGS 467487_525.jpg
 
 
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
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The marriages records may contain:
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*The name of the bride and groom.
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*The date and place the marriage occurred.
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*The name of the officiator.
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*The names of witnesses who may be family members.
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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.}}
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==How Do I Search This Collection? ==   
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor.
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*The approximate date of marriage.
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*The place where the marriage occurred.
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*The name of the intended spouse.
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1619127 Collection Page]:'''<br> 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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
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'''View  images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1619127/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>
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To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>
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⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>
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⇒ Select the appropriate "County"<br>
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⇒ Select the appropriate "Type, Range, Volume or Letter" which takes you to the image.
  
The genealogical information found in most marriage bonds includes the following:
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== What Do I Do Next? ==  
 
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When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
*Name of the groom
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What? ===   
*Name of the bride
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*Use the age in the marriage records to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.    
*Names of the officiator and witnesses
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*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married or died nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching the [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Tennessee_Vital_Records_Index vital records] in the state.  
*Date of the marriage
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*Date of bond
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What? ===        
 
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*Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the year and place, different records may be more useful.                                                                                            
The genealogical information found in most marriage records includes the following:
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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 browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.      
 
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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.    
*Date and place of marriage
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*Search the indexes and records at a nearby [https://familysearch.org/locations/ Family History Center].  
*Name and age of the groom
 
*Name and age of the bride
 
*Sometimes, name of person giving consent
 
*Name of the officiator
 
*Names of witnesses
 
*Residences of the bride and groom
 
 
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
 
 
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
 
 
 
*The county where the marriage occurred
 
*The name of the person at the time of marriage
 
*The approximate marriage date
 
*The marriage place
 
*The name of the intended spouse
 
 
 
==== Search the Collection  ====
 
 
 
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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
 
 
 
To search the collection image by image, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br>
 
⇒Select the appropriate  "Film Number(digital folder number) " <br>
 
 
 
 
 
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 age to calculate an approximate birth date.
 
*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 marriage number to identify previous marriages.
 
 
 
==== 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.  
 
*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.  
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
 
 
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ====
 
 
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
 
*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.  
 
*Search the records of nearby localities.  
 
*Look for a different index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
 
 
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
 
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Tennessee County Marriages (FamilySearch 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  ==
 
 
 
*[http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/history/vital/vital.htm Tennessee State Library and Archives]
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org Tennessee GenWeb Project]
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/marriages/tennessee/tennessee.htm Tennessee Marriages]
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2099 Tennessee Marriages to 1825] at Ancestry ($).
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002] at Ancestry ($).
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4125 Tennessee Marriages, 1851-1900] at Ancestry ($).  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3186 Tennessee Marriage and Bible Records] at Ancestry ($).
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Tennessee]]
 
*[[Tennessee Vital Records|Tennessee Vital Records]]
 
*[[Tennessee Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Tennessee Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Tennessee State Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Tennessee State Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
 
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
 
 
{{Contributor invite}}
 
 
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].&nbsp;
 
 
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
 
 
"Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950." database and digital images, ''FamilySearch:'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://familysearch.org]): accessed 7 April 2011). r Lucian Halladay and Lizzie Martin, &nbsp;9 November 1902; citing Marriage Records, FHL microfilm 944,061; Carroll County Courthouse, Huntingdon, Tennessee. Digital copies of originals housed in the clerks’ offices of the district courts in various counties throughout Tennessee. FHL microfilm, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.  
 
  
[[Category:Tennessee|Vital]]
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{{Tip|Don't overlook items in the [https://familysearch.org/catalog/search FamilySearch Library Catalog.] This can help you locate additional records to search for information on your family.}}
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== Citing this Collection  ==
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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.
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'''Collection citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties.}} 
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? == 
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{{Contributor_invite}}

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description
Record Type Marriage
Collection years 1790-1950
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What is in this Collection?

This collection consists of marriage licenses and certificates, including a few marriage declarations and marriage stubs. This records cover the years 1790 to 1950.


Collection Content

Coverage Map

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

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. Some of the images in this collection are only available for viewing if you are a registered FamilySearch user. You can register for a free FamilySearch account here. For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.


Marriage bonds records may contain the following information:

  • Name of the groom
  • Name of the bride
  • Names of the officiator and witnesses
  • Date of the marriage
  • Date of bond

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name and age of the groom
  • Name and age of the bride
  • Sometimes, name of person giving consent
  • Name of the officiator
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residences of the bride and groom

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The marriages records may contain:

  • The name of the bride and groom.
  • The date and place the marriage occurred.
  • The name of the officiator.
  • The names of witnesses who may be family members.

How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

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

Search by Name by visiting the Collection 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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the appropriate "County"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Type, Range, Volume or Letter" which takes you to the image.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?

  • Use the age in the marriage records to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married or died nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching the vital records in the state.

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

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the year and place, different records may be more useful.
  • 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. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.
  • 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 at a nearby Family History Center.

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:

"Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties.

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 Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950.


How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

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