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For marriages after 1865, ask for the marriage license or the marriage register not the marriage certificate. The license or register usually contains more information.  
 
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Order the marriage record for a fee from the [http://health.state.tn.us/vr/Certificate.htm Tennessee Department of Health].  
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Order the marriage record for a fee from the [http://health.state.tn.us/vr/PDFs/PH-3331.pdf Tennessee Department of Health].  
  
 
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<br> '''PART B: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage'''  
 
<br> '''PART B: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage'''  
  
:*If you '''do know the county or independent city of marriage,''' you can request a search for a fee from the [http://www.courts.state.va.us/courts/circuit.html county clerk].
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:*If you '''don't know the date or county''' of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in [[Marriage Information Substitute Records|other records.]]
 
:*If you '''don't know the date or county''' of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in [[Marriage Information Substitute Records|other records.]]
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How To Find U.S. Marriage Records go to How To Find Tennessee Marriage Records

Finding Tennessee Marriage Records

  • 1 April 1867, the county clerk began to forward marriage records to the secretary of state
  • An additional 1905 law resulted in greater statewide compliance
  • In 1911 Michigan law required statewide registration of marriages
  • Michigan marriage records are not restricted and can be ordered by anyone during any time period


Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

Marriage Records
Choose a time period:


Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages Before 1780

  • Marriage records were recorded when the county was created
  • Before that time, you may find marriage information in other records.
1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records

Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records

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Marriages 1780 to Present

Marriage Indexes and Digital Images
Database Name - Index and Image Link or links to access database # of records
Ancestry, Marriages, 1780-2002 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 6,844,294
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1790-1950 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 1,566,937
If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriage Index, 1780-2002 On FamilySearch; free; 3,331,399
FamilySearch, Marriage Index, 1796-1950 On FamilySearch; free; 1,674,368
Ancestry, Marriages, 1851-1900 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 292,425
Can't access Ancestry? Visit your local Family History Center or your local public library.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Search other records with marriage information.

Obtain the Record

For marriages after 1865, ask for the marriage license or the marriage register not the marriage certificate. The license or register usually contains more information.

PART A: You know the exact county and approximate/exact date of marriage

With exact place and approximate/exact date of marriage,
order a copy from one of the following:
Option A: Marriage Records on Microfilm Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the county and approximate date where the marriage took place, use the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.
  • Search the FHLC by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local Family Search Center.
Option B:
Order from the County or City

Order the marriage record for a fee from the county clerk's offices in the county the marriage took place.

Option C:
Order from the State of Tennessee

Order the marriage record for a fee from the Tennessee Department of Health.


PART B: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

  • If you do know the county or independent city of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the Tennessee Department of Health
  • If you don't know the date or county of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in other records.
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Marriages After 2002 to Present

Marriage licenses may be found in the county records where the marriage occurred.

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County where Marriage occurred From MI Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county

Ask for the marriage license or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. The license or register usually contains more information.

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