North Carolina, County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979
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|North Carolina, United States|
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|Location of North Carolina|
|Record Type||Marriage Records|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
The collection consists of an index and images of marriage records from North Carolina county courthouses for the years 1762 to 1979. These records include licenses, marriage applications, marriage bonds, marriage certificates, marriage packets and cohabitation registers. For a list of what is currently contained in this collection see the wiki article North Carolina County Marriage Records Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records).
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To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
Rregister of marriages
Coverage Table and Map
A coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article North Carolina County Marriage Records Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records).
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of North Carolina marriages, click here.
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know :
- The name of your ancestor
- The county where the marriage occurred
- The approximate date of marriage
- The marriage place
- The name of the intended spouse
Search the Index
View the Images
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the County
- Select the Record Type, Volume, and Year Range to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
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 locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the marriage records
- Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
- 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
- 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.
- 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
I Can’t Find the Person 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. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of North Carolina.
- North Carolina Guided Research
- North Carolina Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
Known Issues with This Collection
For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to email@example.com. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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
- "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 ." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 30 April 2018. Citing Office of Archives and History, Division of Archives and Records. State Archive of North Carolina and various county Register of Deeds.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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