Delaware Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Delaware, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Marriage
Collection years 1713-1919
FamilySearch Resources
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Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City


What is in This Collection?

This collection is an electronic index of marriages for the years 1713 to 1919 taken from the following sources:

  • Indexed church records
  • Civil registrations
  • The Internet indexing project sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Collection Content

Coverage Map

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

Coverage Table

The coverage table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1710-1896 Marriages, 1713-1919 Deaths and Burials, 1815-1955
Delaware 12,395 16,989 31,756
Kent 0 3,098 20,509
New Castle 17,634 46,578 127,021
Sussex 269 3,359 30,306
Total 30,298 70,024 209,592

What Can These Records Tell Me?

For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Marriages Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).

The records in this collection include the following information:

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Marriage date and place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The records may also contain the following:

  • Parents' names
  • Date and place of birth
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Race

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The place where the marriage occurred
  • The names of the persons at the time of marriage
  • The approximate marriage date

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

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.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the birth dates or ages along with the places of birth to find a couple's birth records
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
  • Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military 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

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Delaware Marriages, 1713-1919." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation:
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