Washington, Pierce County Marriage Returns (FamilySearch Historical Records)

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
United States
Pierce County
Access the Records
Washington, Pierce County Marriage Returns, 1891-1950 .
This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Pierce, Washington, United States
Washington flag.png
Flag of Washington
US Locator Map Washington Pierce.PNG
Location of Pierce County, Washington
US Locator Washington.png
Location of Washington
Record Description
Record Type Marriage
Collection years 1891-1950
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites

What Is in This Collection?

This collection includes marriage records recorded within Pierce County for the years 1891 to 1950. Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.

The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.

Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington, Pierce County Marriage Returns, 1891-1950.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

These marriage records usually contain the following information:

  • Date of license
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name and age of groom
  • Number or marriages for groom
  • Race, residence and occupation of groom
  • Birthplace of groom
  • Name of groom's parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Name and age of bride
  • Number of marriages for bride
  • Race, residence and occupation of bride
  • Birthplace of bride
  • Names or bride's parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Name and title of person performing ceremony
  • Names of witnesses and their residence(s)

Collection Content

Coverage Map

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

Sample Image

How Do I Search the Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The location or date of the event

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page. br>

  1. Select County
  2. Select Record type, year range and volume number or letter

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.

What Do I Do Next?

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record at the National Archives.

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality Oregon Vital Records.
  • Try different 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.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar 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
"Washington, Pierce County Marriage Returns, 1891-1938." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing County Auditor. State Archives, Bellevue.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

Top of Page

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.