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Florida, County Marriages, 1830-1957  and Florida, County Marriages, 1830-1993
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Florida, United States
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Location of Florida
Record Description
Record Type Marriage
Collection years 1830-1993
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of an index and images to county marriages from the state of Florida and some miscellaneous county collections. To see the miscellaneous collections see the coverage table below. You can locate theses collections by browsing the images by county.

These records include licenses, marriage applications, marriage certificates, and marriage packets. The records are arranged by county, date, and record type. Information on marriages is generally handwritten on pre-printed forms. Some eighteenth century bonds were written out by hand. During later years the information was typed. The actual forms differ from one county to another, but include the same basic information.

Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Florida Marriages, 1830-1993.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Marriage license / Affidavit

  • Names and ages of bride and groom
  • Dates and places of birth
  • Residence of groom
  • Residence of bride
  • Race of the bride and groom
  • Parents' names of groom
  • Parents' names of bride
  • Witnesses
  • Date and place where license issued
  • Date and place of marriage


Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

This coverage table contains miscellaneous records found in the Florida Marriage Records. You can locate theses collections by browsing the images by county.

County Record Type Years
Baker Delayed birth certificates and petitions 1943-1945
Bay Military discharge records 1919
Brevard Military discharge records 1919-1944
Calhoon List of land sold for taxes 1838-1913
Calhoon Progress dockets 1915-1918
Citrus Deed records 1899-1901
Citrus probate records 1939-1962
Clay Deed records 1885-1887
Columbia Petitions for certificates 1960-1962
Columbia certificates of delayed births 1960-0962
Dixie Military discharge records 1918-1946
Duval Military petitions for naturalization 1918
Franklin Delayed birth certificates 1943-1960
Franklin Military discharge records 1918-1919
Franklin Naturalization records 1921-1928
Franklin Naturalization records 1993
Franklin Probate and guardianship records 1923-1955
Franklin probate records 1831-1837
Gadsden Guardianship records 1904-4920
Gilchrist Malitary discharge records 1917-1920
Gulf Probate records 1900-1940
Hamilton Census record 1880
Hamilton Chancery orders 1859-1928
Hamilton Deed records 1890-1905
Hamilton Guardianship records 1899-1929
Hamilton Letters of admimistration 1912-1924
Hamilton Military discharge records 1918-1944
Hernando Wills 1884-1925
Hillsborough Probate records 1852-1924
Holmes Military discharge records 1919-1946
Jackson Homestead exemptions 1848-1869
Jackson probate records 1924-1936
Jackson Records of execution 1850-1867
Jefferson Court order books 1871-1881
Jefferson probate records 1908-1927
Lafayette Delayed birth certificates 1943-1992
Lafayette probate records 1875-1930
Leon Deed records 1900-1901
Levy Delayed birth certificates and petitions 1943-1980
Levy Military discharge records 1919-1944
Manatee Military discharge records 1917-1920
Manatee Naturalization records 1880-1905
Okeechobee Military discharge records 1919-1945
Orange Military discharge records 1919-1934
Osceola Deed records 1887-1888
Pasco Homestead patents 1883-1895
Pasco Naturalization records 1908-1929
Santa Rosa Military discharge records 1919-1938
Santa Rosa Register of instruments filed for record 1920-1921
St. John's Land records 1904-1908
St. John's Military discharge records 1943-1944
St. John's Record of land sold for taxes 1871-1912
Suwannee Military discharge records 1917-1918
Suwannee Probate order book 1893-1901
Suwannee Wills 1936-1946
Taylor Daily record of instruments filed for record 1919-1936
Taylor Delayed birth certificates 1913-1945
various marriage certificates 1927-1950
Walton Letters of testamentary 1910-1938
Walton Military discharge records 1919-1948
Washington Guardianship records 1922-1946
Washington Miscellaneous recirds 1903-1953
Washington Probate records of estates 1866-1885

Coverage Map[edit | edit source]

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

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of marriage
  • The place where the marriage occurred
  • The name of the intended spouse

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Florida Marriages, 1830-1957

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

Florida Marriages, 1830-1993

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

View the Images[edit | edit source]

Florida Marriages, 1830-1993
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select County
  2. Select Return Type, Year Range and Volume or License Numbers to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
  • 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
  • Search for other vital records such as birth and death records

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Florida.


Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Florida, County Marriages, 1830-1957[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

Florida Marriages, 1830-1993[edit | edit source]

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:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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