How to Find Rhode Island Marriage Records

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How to Find Rhode Island Marriage Records

Finding Rhode Island Marriage Records

State wide registration of marriages in Rhode Island began in 1853. Earlier marriage records dating back to 1636 were kept by the towns. Some pre-1636 marriage records are available in the following Findmypast collection:



If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for marriage information in other records.

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Church Records

Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records



Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

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Marriages 1636 to present

Towns began keeping marriage records as early as 1636. In 1700 the laws concerning vital records registration were made more specific and the records after that time are more complete. State wide registration of marriages began in 1853 and was generally complied with by the 1900s.

For marriages that occurred in this time period try the following databases:

Rhode Island Marriages Databases - Includes Index and Digital Images
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1724-1916 Rhode Island Marriages- At FamilySearch.org Free; Rhode Island, Marriages, 1724-1916: Name index to marriage records from the state of Rhode Island. Index only.
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1522-1989 United States Marriages- At Findmypast.com ($); index and some images
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1846-1953 Rhode Island Vital Records - At FamilySearch.org Free; Rhode Island, Vital records, 1846-1898, 1901-1953: Certificates and registers of marriages from the State Archives in Providence.
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1636-1850 Vital Records of Rhode Island, First Series, Births, Marriages and Deaths: a family register for the people $ Free at family history centers; Find your local FamilySearch Center. Index only.
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1636-1899 Rhode Island, Vital Extracts $ Free at family history centers; Find your local FamilySearch Center. Marriage records from Rhode Island counties, church records, newspaper, and military records. Index only.
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1851-1920 Rhode Island Marriages $ Free at family history centers; Find your local FamilySearch Center. Marriage records taken from existing copies of the original records. Index only.
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Obtain the Record

With the approximate marriage date and place, you can locate marriage records available through the city or town  where the marriage occurred or from the Rhode Island State Archives.

To Order Marriage Certificates
From Town of the Marriage Rhode Island State Archives
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state Town websites can be more difficult to use records 100 years and older have no restrictions
May be more expensive than ordering from the Town

Record Restrictions

There are no restrictions for obtaining a certificate for a marriage that occurred 100 or more years ago.

To obtain a record for a marriage that occurred less than 100 year ago you must be:

  • person named on the certificate
  • a member of his/her immediate family
  • his/her guardian, or an authorized agent of these individuals
  • Attorneys-at-law, title examiners, or members of legally incorporated genealogical societies conducting their official duties
  • person requiring information to determine or protect a personal or property right
  • person who has been granted a court order instructing the registrar to provide the document


If you do not want to order the marriage record, you can search other records with marriage information.

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records

Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records

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