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Finding United States Marriage Records
- Most marriages are recorded on the county level. Most counties began recording marriages when the county was formed.
- Marriages recorded by state-level agencies vary widely by date and availability.
Questions to Ask About Marriage Records
When searching for a marriage record ask yourself the following questions:
- Are records available for the dates when I would expect my ancestor to be getting married?
- Is the database complete? Does it include all counties in the state?
- Is the database an index only? Will I need to order a film to see the original marriage record?
- Does the database contain images to the records which I can see online?
- Have I looked beyond the marriage date and names of the bride and groom for more family information that the record may contain?
- Does a different type of marriage record from the same county contain additional information about my family?
Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records
How to Start: Where Did the Marriage Occur?
To find a marriage record, choose the state where the marriage occurred:
- What if you don't know the state? — Go to Estimating Marriage Information