About Marriage Records in Texas:
Taken from Wendy Bebout Elliot, "Texas," Red Book, ed. Alice Eichholz (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004).
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Finding the Original Marriage Record:
Indexed by Ancestry (includes images of the records):
Indexed by Florida Department of Health (no images available):
Indexed by Jordan Dodd, Liahona Research (no images available):
Information that may be found in this database includes:
Where to Go From Here:
About Marriage Records in General:
This database contains marriage records from the state of Tennessee from 1780-2002. Information that may be found in this database for each entry includes:
Additional information about the bride and groom may be listed on the actual record and can be found by viewing the corresponding image.
Marriage records found in this database include marriage licenses, applications, bonds, and certificates. Sometimes there will be two of these records for one marriage. When there are two records for one marriage, the second record can be found on the image immediately following the first. Most often the second record will be the marriage certificate. To learn more about these various marriage records, see below.
Note: There are currently several pre-1787 records for Sumner County, even though Sumner County was not created until 1787. These dates are in error and occur on records that used pre-printed forms containing "17___" already printed. The original recorder did not always change the pre-printed year to the correct marriage date. However, there are many records that were changed and these records show that the dates are simply 100 years off. Therefore, any marriages occurring before 1787 in Sumner County can be assumed to actually have taken place in the 1800s.
Applications for marriage licenses have been required in some jurisdictions in addition to or in place of bonds. Applications are often filled out by both the bride and groom and typically contain a large amount of genealogical information. They may list the full names of the bride and groom, their residences, races, ages, dates and places of birth, previous marriages, occupations, and their parents' names, places of birth (state or country), and occupations. Recent laws require health certificates attesting to the absence of diseases that could be passed on to children. The application form does not include the marriage date.
Marriage certificates are given to the couple after the ceremony is completed and are thus usually found among family records. There are exceptions, however. These certificates are similar to marriage licenses issued in other places. The bride and groom usually receive a marriage certificate for their family records containing similar historical information, signatures of witnesses, and so on.
Bonds were posted prior to the issuing of the required marriage licenses in some states and were the sole documents required in others. Bonds were posted by the groom alone or with a second person, usually the father or the brother of the bride, to defray the costs of litigation in the event that the marriage was nullified.
Bonds were posted in the jurisdiction where the marriage was to take place, often the bride's home county. These bonds, the only marriage records maintained in some jurisdictions, were usually annotated with the marriage date after ceremony. It was rare for a marriage not to take place within a few days of the posting of the bonds, even though many bonds do not bear the annotation.
Taken from Johni Cerny, "Vital Records," in The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy, ed. Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2006).
About Marriages in Tennessee:
Marriages were recorded in counties prior to statehood, a few as early as 1778, such as those for Green (1780), Washington (1787), Hawkins (1789), Carter (1790), Jefferson and Knox (1792), and Blount (1795). However, a state law requiring the registration of marriages did not pass until 1815. A subsequent state law in 1838 required marriages to be registered in "well-bound books." Between 1838 and 1919 both marriage licenses and bonds were recorded.
Taken from Wendy Bebout Elliott, "Tennessee," in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3d ed., ed. Alice Eichholz. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004).
This database contains an index and images of marriage records from Missouri covering the years 1805-2002. Information that may be found in this database includes the following:
Types of marriage records found in this database include marriage licenses, applications for marriage licenses, records of marriages solemnized, marriage certificates, marriage registers, and indexes. Due to the variety of record types, all of the above listed information may not be available in the index for each marriage. On the other hand, there may be additional information listed on actual marriage records, so always click through to view the record images.
More about Marriage Records in Missouri:
Marriage records are held by the county recorder of deeds. Prior to 26 June 1881, no marriage license was required; the marriage was recorded in any convenient courthouse.
Taken from Marsha Hoffman Rising and Pamela Boyer Porter, "Missouri," in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3d ed., ed. Alice Eichholz. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004).
Types of Marriage Records:
Applications for marriage licenses have been required in some jurisdictions in addition to or in place of bonds. Applications are often filled out by both the bride and groom and typically contain a large amount of genealogical information.
Marriage certificates are given to the couple after the ceremony is completed and are thus usually found among family records. There are exceptions, however. [Some] certificates…are similar to marriage licenses issued in other places. The bride and groom usually receive a marriage certificate for their family records containing similar historical information, signatures of witnesses, and so on.
Taken from Cerny, Johni, "Vital Records" in The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy, ed. Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2006).
This database contains both images of and indexes extracted from various records of marriages in Washington.
What You May Find in the Records
Marriage records can offer a wide range of details. While the indexes in this database may provide the basic facts surrounding a wedding—bride, groom, date, and place—images of marriage certificates may also include additional information such as
This database does not contain an image for every document included in the index.
This database is a collection of Indiana marriage indexes covering various years and counties. To see specifically what is included in this database (counties and years covered), please see the bottom of this page. This collection is comprised of indexes created by two agencies - the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research (who extracted information from records on microfilm at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah). Information contained in these indexes includes:
For the source information you will see either "Works Progress Administration" or, "Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah" (for entries created by Jordan Dodd). If available, a microfilm number is provided for records from the FHL. Likewise, the WPA entries provide original record locations, as well as book information (title, volume, page number), useful for finding individuals in the printed versions of the WPA indexes.
Note: You may find duplicate records of the same marriage in this database, with the only difference being the source. These records were not removed because Ancestry.com wanted to provide the most amount of information about a marriage to the customer.
History of Marriage Records in Indiana:
Marriage licenses became mandatory in 1800. Beginning with the formation of each respective county to the present, the county clerk's office has issued and kept marriage licenses and certificates. Both marriage transcripts (1882) and marriage applications, beginning in 1906 (with additional family information), may have been used in various counties. Prior to 1940 it was necessary for a couple to obtain a license from the county in which the female resided. If an ancestor's marriage record cannot be located in Indiana, check the Cincinnati marriage records. Cincinnati was a "Gretna Green" (no-questions-asked marriage locale) for Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
Taken from Carol L. Maki, "Indiana," in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3d ed., ed. Alice Eichholz. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004).
About the WPA Records:
The WPA began to index vital records, county-by-county for the entire state of Indiana, but the agency was abolished before the indexing was completed. The WPA index includes marriages for eighty-six of the ninety-two Indiana counties.
About the FHL Records:
The marriage date provide in these entries is usually the date of marriage as given in the original entry. However, when no marriage date is given (e.g., the "marriage return" was not provided to the record keeper), the date of the license is used. In a few cases, a marriage will be listed twice, but in two different counties. This most often happened when a couple obtained a license in one county, but were actually married in another.
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Copies of the WPA printed indexes may be located at Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Allen County Public Library
900 Webster Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: (260) 421-1200
Fax: (260) 422-9688
Some of these printed indexes may also be available from the Indiana State Library or on microfilm from the FHL.
Because county clerks are responsible for maintaining marriage records, the originals are kept with them. To obtain a copy, contact the appropriate county clerk and inquire about their research facilities or the procedure for obtaining copies of records. These original records maintained by the county clerk may also be available on microfilm from the FHL and may be some of the sources used to compile this database as described above. For many researchers, it may be easier to check the FHL records first, before contacting the county clerk.
Counties and Years:
This list shows the counties and corresponding year ranges in which the majority of the records included in this database fall. You will occasionally find records for other years not listed here. These other years may be typos, or there just may not be very many marriages for those years and counties represented in this database and therefore, are not included in this list.
This database is an index to marriages in Minnesota from 1958-2001 (excluding 1996). The database is a compilation of two indexes obtained from the Minnesota Center for Health Statistics (CHS) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
Information available in this database includes:
*Exact dates of birth are only available in data from the MDH. Records from the Minnesota CHS may have estimated birth years calculated from the year of marriage and age of bride or groom.
**Only available for data from the MDH.
Data from the Minnesota CHS covers the years 1958-1995 (and may include a few earlier and later marriages). Data from the MDH covers the years 1997-2001. Records from the Minnesota CHS also include images of the index.
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Copies of marriage certificates are issued through the county where the marriage occurred. Contact the registrar office of the appropriate county for more information on ordering copies.