Tennessee County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Tennessee, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Marriage
Collection years 1790-1950
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Tennessee State Library & Archives


What Is in This Collection?

This collection consists of marriage licenses and certificates, including a few marriage declarations and marriage stubs. This records cover the years 1790 to 1950.

Image Visibility

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To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950.

What Can This Collection Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Marriage bonds

  • Name of the groom
  • Name of the bride
  • Names of the officiator and witnesses
  • Date of the marriage
  • Date of bond

Marriage

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name and age of the groom
  • Name and age of the bride
  • Sometimes, name of person giving consent
  • Name of the officiator
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residences of the bride and groom

Collection Content

Sample Images

Coverage Map

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

How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search 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

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

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select County
  2. Select Record Type, Year Range, and Volume number or letter to view the 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 about them. 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, Now What?

  • Use the age in the marriage records to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married or died nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching the vital records in the state

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

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the year and place, different records may be more useful
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation
  • 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 at a nearby family history center

Record Finder

Consult the Tennessee Research Tips and Strategies and its Record Finder to search other records.

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
"Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 1 May 2018. Citing Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties.
Record Citation:
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