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Marriage records of the Office of the Commissioner, Washington headquarters of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1861-1869 : NARA, RG105, M1875

records prepared for microfilming by members of the Civil War Conservation Corps, under the direction of Russ and Budge Weidman. Introduction by Reginald Washington.
Manuscript/Manuscript on Film
Washington, D.C. : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002
5 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.
National Archives microfilm publications; M1875


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Microfilm of original records at the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Maryland.

"On the five rolls of this microfilm publication, M1875, are reproduced marriage records of the Office of the Commissioner, Washington headquarters of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1861-1869. These records consist of unbound marriage certificates, marriage licenses, monthly reports of marriages, and other proofs of marriages." -- P. 1.

"The records reproduced in this microfilm publication are arranged, for the most part, alphabetically by the state in which the marriage was performed. The number of marriage certificates for each state varies and they are arranged generally alphabetically by initial letter of surname of the bridegroom. There are several hundred certificates for Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee and smaller amounts for Alabama (one marriage license), Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, and the District of Columbia. In addition to marriage certificates, the records include marriage licenses and other proofs of marriage. The records contain monthly reports of marriages for the States of Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, Virginia, and for the District of Columbia. Most of the records are dated 1865-66, however some of the marriage certificates and reports of marriages have earlier dates that reflect the efforts of Union Army clergy and others to solemnize freedmen marriages during the Civil War. One marriage certificate that was submitted to the Claims Division of the Freedmen's Bureau as proof of marriage in a claim for additional bounty payments is dated February 7, 1850." -- P. 7.

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