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Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935
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Virginia, 
United States
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Location of Virginia
Record Description
Record Type Marriage registers
Collection years 1853-1935
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

County marriage registers from the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Virginia for years 1853-1935. The commissioner of the revenue registered marriages for the county and then turned the books over to the clerk of the County Court. The clerk made abstracts to send to the state auditor and would preserve the books in his office. Microfilm of the original records is at the Virginia State Library in Richmond, Virginia. Marriage registers give the date and place of marriage, the full name of the parties, age, birthplace, residences, parents, husbands occupation, and who performed the marriage. Information is sometimes incomplete.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Ages
  • Sex
  • Birthplace and date

  • Parents names
  • Place of marriage
  • Race

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

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  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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

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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. Add this new information to your records of each family.

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

  • 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.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • 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.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Look for an 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 counties.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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