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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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| Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c= Family Search Center]. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the&nbsp;[http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.  
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:*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county.  
 
:*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county.  
 
:*Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.  
 
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:*If you 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 '''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].  
:*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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:*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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Revision as of 22:29, 28 June 2013


How To Find U.S. Marriage Records go to How To Find Virginia Marriage Records

Finding Virginia Marriage Records


Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

Marriage Records
Choose a time period:


Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages Before 1853

If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for 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 from 1853 to Present

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information
Try these databases.
Marriage information is taken from substitute records such as church records.
Database Name Link or links to access database # of records 
Ancestry, Marriages, 1660-1800 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 88,130
Ancestry, Marriages, 1700-1850 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 33,706
Ancestry, Marriage bonds, 1700s-1824 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 4,496
Ancestry, Marriages, 1740-1850 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 337,520
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1785-1940 On FamilySearch, free, incomplete, to view coverage table 1,219,044
Ancestry, Marriages, 1851-1929 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 29,984
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.

If you did not find your ancestor in the above indexes, try searching for marriage information in other records.

STEP TWO: 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 approximate or exact date and place of marriage from your records or the above indexes

With date and place of marriage,
order a copy of the marriage 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 probate judge's offices in the county the marriage took place.

Option C:
Order from the State of Virginia

Order the marriage record for a fee from the Virginia Office of Vital Records.


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 county clerk.
  • 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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Restrictions for Obtaining Birth Records

If you know the marriage date, copies of marriage records are available to the public 25 years after the event at the Virginia Office of Vital Records. For marriage records within the last 50 years, only immediate family members with valid ID can request a copy.

Immediate family members include:

  • Mother
  • Father
  • Husband
  • Wife
  • Child
  • Brother
  • Sister
  • Grandparents

If you do not want to order the marriage record, you can search other records with marriage information.

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Wiki Articles


  1. Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in Genealogy Blog at http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/ (accessed 8 January 2011).