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== What is in the Collection?  ==
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This article covers multiple collections.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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===To Browse This Collection===
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== Record Description ==
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Coverage Map ===
  
The collection consists of various types of marriage records from 183 of the 254 counties in Texas. The collection covers the years of 1837-1977.  
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/TX_FRM.html Texas marriages, click here].
  
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.
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=== Sample Images ===
  
=== Additional Information About Marriage Records ===
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<gallery caption="Texas County Marriage Record Examples" widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">
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Image:Texas County Marriage Record.jpg|Marriage Record (Certificate Style)
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Image:Texas County Marriage Records and Index 1837-1977 (10-0125) (10-0046) Journal DGS 4539474_527.jpg|Marriage Record (Journal Style)
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Image:Texas County Marriage Records and Index 1837-1977 (10-0125) (10-0046) Intent DGS 4150173_31.jpg|Marriage Intent
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Image:Texas County Marriage Records and Index 1837-1977 (10-0125) (10-0046) Record DGS 4148119_116.jpg|Marriage Register
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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.&nbsp;
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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.  
 
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.  
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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.
  
== Record Content  ==
 
  
Records generally contain the following information:  
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
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The records generally contain the following information:  
  
 
*Name of the groom  
 
*Name of the groom  
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*Place of marriage
 
*Place of marriage
  
May also give:  
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They may also give:  
  
 
*Age of bride and groom  
 
*Age of bride and groom  
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*Names of parents or legal guardians  
 
*Names of parents or legal guardians  
 
*Residence of parents or legal guardians
 
*Residence of parents or legal guardians
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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 the Collection? ==
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:
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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.
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
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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. 
  
*The names of the bride and groom
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For Texas County Marriage Index, 1837-1977
*The approximate marriage date
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803987?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page].'''
*The marriage place
 
  
==== Search the Collection ====
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For Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803985?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page].'''
  
To search these collections fill in your ancestor’s name 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. Keep in mind:
 
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
 
*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].  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1803985 Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1977 ]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1803987 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
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:
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== What Do I Do Next?  ==
  
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
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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.
*Use the birth date or age along with the residence of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the residence to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the parents' names along with the residence to find the family in census records.
 
*Use the residence to locate church and land records.
 
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Use the age to calculate a birth date and 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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*[[Texas Church Records| Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
*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.  
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now? === 
*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.
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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.
*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.  
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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.
*Use the bride’s title (Mrs.) to identify previous marriages.  
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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.  
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
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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.  
*The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
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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.
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Texas, United States Genealogy]].
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
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*Search in the [[Texas Archives and Libraries]].
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
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<br> For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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== Citing this Collection ==
*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
 
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
  
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
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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
  
== Known Issues with This Collection ==
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'''Collection citation''' for "Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965":<br>
 
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{{Collection citation | text= "Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. 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. }}
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached&nbsp; [[Texas County Marriage Records (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.  
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[http://www.archives.com/GA.aspx?_act=MarriageRecords&klp=GA99001&CAM=309&Location=TX&KW2=Texas&gclid=CO_qxJWFsKMCFQ1ubAodZ2y96A Texas Marriage Records Online]
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'''Collection citation''' for "Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977":<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing County courthouses, state-wide, Texas.}}
 
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'''Record citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br>
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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*[[Texas Vital Records|Texas Vital Records]]
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'''[[Texas_County_Marriage_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)#Citing_this_Collection#top|Top of Page]]'''
 
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
  
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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[[Category:Texas FamilySearch Historical Records|Vital]]
 
 
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 for This Collection  ===
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
{{Collection citation | text= "Texas. County Marriage Records, 1837-1977" Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing County Clerk.}}
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
[[Category:Texas|Vital]]
 

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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.
OR
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965.

Collection Content

Coverage Map

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

Sample Images

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

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.

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):

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 Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965.

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):

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 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977.

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