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Maryland County Marriages, 1658-1940
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Maryland, 
United States
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Location of Maryland
Record Description
Record Type Marriage Index
Collection years 1658-1940
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
Multiple Counties, Clerk of the Circuit Court


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of an index of marriage records from Maryland counties from 1774-1940. The counties included are: Baltimore, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Prince George's, Somerset, and St. Mary's.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Marriage

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Ages
  • Calculated birth year
  • Parents’ names
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage county and State
  • Reference ID Page/Volume/Entry/Certificate numbers

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The date of the event or the name of a spouse or parent

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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?[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.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the information to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and death records. Also search for immigration, military, land and probate records
  • Use the information to find additional family members in censuses
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900

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

  • Try viewing the original record. Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Try variant spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well
  • Search the indexes and records of Maryland, United States Genealogy
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Citing This Collection[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:
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