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== Record Description  ==
 
  
This Collection will include records from 1735 to 1950.  
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== What is in the Collection?  ==
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This collection includes records from 1735 to 1950.  
  
 
Most of this collection consists of Certificates to Obtain a Marriage License, Marriage Bonds and Consents, Marriage Licenses, and Marriage Returns. The records are arranged by volume and year range. The type of record and time period varies between counties. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some records.  
 
Most of this collection consists of Certificates to Obtain a Marriage License, Marriage Bonds and Consents, Marriage Licenses, and Marriage Returns. The records are arranged by volume and year range. The type of record and time period varies between counties. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some records.  
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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.  
 
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.  
  
For a list of records by dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1468642/waypoints Browse].
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Original sources:
 
 
=== 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= "Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735-1950" Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Register of Deeds.}}
 
 
 
[[Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
Original sources:  
 
 
 
 
*Surry County, Virginia. Certificates to obtain a Marriage License, 1735-1787, 1844-1917. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.  
 
*Surry County, Virginia. Certificates to obtain a Marriage License, 1735-1787, 1844-1917. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.  
 
*Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Bonds, 1768, 1771-1820. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.  
 
*Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Bonds, 1768, 1771-1820. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.  
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*Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Licenses, 1900-1950. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.
 
*Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Licenses, 1900-1950. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.
  
== Record Content  ==
 
  
<gallery caption="Virginia County Marriages" widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">
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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 Virginia marriages click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/VA_FRM.html here].
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=== Sample Images ===
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Image:Virginia Surry County Marriage Records (10-0193)(10-0183) Certificate DGS 4121699 126.jpg|Request to Obtain a Marriage License
 
Image:Virginia Surry County Marriage Records (10-0193)(10-0183) Certificate DGS 4121699 126.jpg|Request to Obtain a Marriage License
 
Image:Virginia Surry County Marriage Records (10-0193)(10-0183) Bond DGS 4129066 40.jpg|Marriage Bond
 
Image:Virginia Surry County Marriage Records (10-0193)(10-0183) Bond DGS 4129066 40.jpg|Marriage Bond
 
Image:Virginia Surry County Marriage Records (10-0193)(10-0183) License DGS 4129189 60.jpg|Marriage License
 
Image:Virginia Surry County Marriage Records (10-0193)(10-0183) License DGS 4129189 60.jpg|Marriage License
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Key genealogical facts usually found in marriage records are:  
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
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Information usually found in marriage records includes:  
  
 
*Date and place (county)of marriage  
 
*Date and place (county)of marriage  
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*Witnesses to the marriage and their residence
 
*Witnesses to the marriage and their residence
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
 
 
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
 
  
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
 
*Names of the bride and groom  
 
*Names of the bride and groom  
*The approximate marriage date and&nbsp;place
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*The approximate marriage date and place
 
 
==== Search the Collection  ====
 
 
 
To begin your search, it is helpful to know the name and some other identifying information such as the birth place or birth date.
 
  
To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.  
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1468642?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than on e person to find your ancestor. <br>
  
To search the collection image by image <br>
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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/1468642/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links: <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.  
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br>
 
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.
 
  
Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.  
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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. 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.  
  
Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:  
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With either search keep in mind:  
  
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
 
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
 
*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.
 
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
 
*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
  
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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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
==== Using the Information ====
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
 
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.  
 
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.  
  
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
  
 
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
 
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
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*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
 
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
 
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
 
 
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
*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.  
 
*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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*The marriage date, place, and residence of the bride and groom 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.
 
*The marriage date, place, and residence of the bride and groom 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>If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?  ===
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.  
*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.  
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*Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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*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 that may be your ancestor.
  
<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)]]  
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|Virginia, Surry|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[Virginia Archives and Libraries]]. For additional information about this county see the wiki article [[Surry County, Virginia Genealogy]].}}
  
== Related Websites  ==
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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)]]
  
[http://www.genwed.com/state/vagen.htm Free Virginia Marriage Records Online]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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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. <br>
  
*[[Surry County, Virginia|Surry County, Virginia]]
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Virginia, Orange County Marriage Records, 1735-1950" Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing County Clerk. County Courthouse, Orange.}} <br><br>
*[[Surry County, Virginia Genealogy|Surry County, Virginia Genealogy]]
 
*[[Virginia]]
 
*[[Virginia Vital Records]]
 
*[[Virginia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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'''Image citation''':<br> {{Image Citation Link
 
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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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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
 
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
  
"Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735-1950," images and images, ''FamilySearch''(https://ds.familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KSPW-4FJ&nbsp;: accessed 12 July 2012), John L Davis and Sally E. Savedge, married 5 January 1834; citing Courts in Virginia. Virginia, Surry County, marriage records. Register of Deeds, Surry, Virginia.
 
  
[[Category:Virginia|Vital]]
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Surry, Virginia, United States
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Location of Virginia
Record Description
Record Type Marriage
Collection years 1735-1950
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites



What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records from 1735 to 1950.

Most of this collection consists of Certificates to Obtain a Marriage License, Marriage Bonds and Consents, Marriage Licenses, and Marriage Returns. The records are arranged by volume and year range. The type of record and time period varies between counties. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some records.

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.

Original sources:

  • Surry County, Virginia. Certificates to obtain a Marriage License, 1735-1787, 1844-1917. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.
  • Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Bonds, 1768, 1771-1820. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.
  • Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Bonds and Consents, 1821-1850. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.
  • Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Returns, 1785-1854. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.
  • Surry County, Virginia. Marriage Licenses, 1900-1950. Surry County Courthouse, Surry, Virginia.


You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735-1950.


Collection Content

Coverage Map

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

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Information usually found in marriage records includes:

  • Date and place (county)of marriage
  • Name and age in (years, months, days) of husband
  • Name and age in (years, months, days) of wife
  • Previous marital status
  • Residence of husband
  • Residence of wife
  • Occupation(s) of the bride and groom
  • Name of person performing the marriage

Later records may also include the following:

  • Birthplace of groom
  • Birthplace of bride
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Number of times previously married
  • Witnesses to the marriage and their residence

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • The approximate marriage date and place

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than on e 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 "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. 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.

With either search keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • 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 article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

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.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • 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 to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence to locate church and land records.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The marriage date, place, and residence of the bride and groom 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.

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • 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 that may be your ancestor.


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:

"Virginia, Orange County Marriage Records, 1735-1950" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing County Clerk. County Courthouse, Orange.

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 Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735-1950.

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 Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735-1950.


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.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.