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== Record Description  ==
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This Collection will include records from 1830 to 1993.
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The collection consists of an index and images of marriage records from various counties in Florida. These records include licenses, marriage applications, marriage certificates, and marriage packets. The records are arranged by county, date, and record type. Information on marriages is generally handwritten on pre-printed forms. Some eighteenth century bonds were written out by hand. During later years the information was typed. The actual forms differ from one county to another, but include the same basic information.
  
== Collection Time Period  ==
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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.
  
This collection includes records for the years 1830 to 1957.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
== Record Description  ==
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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|text = County Clerks in Florida. Florida Marriages, County Courthouses.}}
  
The collection consists of an index and images of marriage records from various counties in Florida. These records include licenses, marriage applications, marriage certificates, and marriage packets. The records are arranged by county, date, and record type. Information on marriages is generally handwritten on pre-printed forms. Some eighteenth century bonds were written out by hand. During later years the information was typed. The actual forms differ from one county to another, but include the same basic information.  
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[[Florida, Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
=== Record Content  ===
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== Record Content  ==
  
 
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The marriage records usually lists the following information:  
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The marriage license and/or affidavit records usually lists the following information:  
  
*Name of groom  
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*Name and age of groom
*Name of bride  
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*Date and place of birth
*County of residence
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*Residence of groom  
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*Name and age of bride
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*Date and place of birth
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*Residence of bride
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*Race of the bride and groom
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*Parents' names of groom
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*Parents' names of bride
 
*Witnesses  
 
*Witnesses  
*Date of license  
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*Date and place where license issued
*Date of marriage
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*Date and place of marriage
 
 
The records may also list:
 
 
 
*Ages of bride and groom
 
*By whom married
 
*Place of marriage  
 
*Person performing marriage
 
*Parents' names
 
*Date of birth (on later certificates)
 
*Whether parents were living (on later certificates)
 
*Residence
 
*Occupation
 
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
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For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].  
 
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].  
 
== Record History  ==
 
 
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.
 
 
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
 
  
 
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.  
 
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.  
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
 
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.
 
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related web sites here.  
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*[https://sites.google.com/a/flgenweb.net/official/ USGenweb FLGenWeb Project]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Florida Vital Records|Florida Vital Records]]  
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*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Florida Florida]
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*[[Florida Vital Records|Florida Vital Records]]
  
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
 
The format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
 
 
=== Example of a Source Citation for a Record Found in This Collection<br> ===
 
 
 
"Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993" &nbsp;database and digital images, ''FamilySearch &nbsp;''(https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 16 December 2011).r Louis Emanuel Bacon and Flora Isaacson, married 30 June 1932; citing Marriage Records, FHL micorfilm 2,130,999; Brevard County Clerk Office, Titusville, Florida, United States.
 
 
 
== Citation for This Collection  ==
 
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
 
 
 
<!--bibdescbegin-->“Florida, Marriages, 1830-1957,” database, FamilySearch ([http://www.familysearch.org http://www.familysearch.org]); from various county clerks throughout Florida. FHL microfilm, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->
 
  
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections|Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
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"Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993," index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V6RH-9L6&nbsp;: accessed 20 April 2012), Louis Emanuel Bacon and Flora Isaacson, married 30 June 1932; citing various county clerks throughout Florida.
  
 
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Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1830 to 1993.

The collection consists of an index and images of marriage records from various counties in Florida. These records include licenses, marriage applications, marriage certificates, and marriage packets. The records are arranged by county, date, and record type. Information on marriages is generally handwritten on pre-printed forms. Some eighteenth century bonds were written out by hand. During later years the information was typed. The actual forms differ from one county to another, but include the same basic information.

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.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

County Clerks in Florida. Florida Marriages, County Courthouses.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The marriage license and/or affidavit records usually lists the following information:

  • Name and age of groom
  • Date and place of birth
  • Residence of groom
  • Name and age of bride
  • Date and place of birth
  • Residence of bride
  • Race of the bride and groom
  • Parents' names of groom
  • Parents' names of bride
  • Witnesses
  • Date and place where license issued
  • Date and place of marriage

How to Use the Record

Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to marriages make it possible to access a specific marriage record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  • The county where the marriage occurred
  • The name of the person at the time of marriage
  • The approximate marriage date
  • The marriage place
  • The name of the intended spouse

Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the marriage records. Compare the information in the marriage record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

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.

For example:

  • 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.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Keep in mind:

  • The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

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.

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

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 support@familysearch.org. 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.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V6RH-9L6 : accessed 20 April 2012), Louis Emanuel Bacon and Flora Isaacson, married 30 June 1932; citing various county clerks throughout Florida.