Oklahoma County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: Oklahoma County Marriages, 1891-1959 .
- 1 Record Description
- 2 Record Content
- 3 How to Use the Record
- 4 Known Issues with This Collection
- 5 Related Web Sites
- 6 Related Wiki Articles
- 7 Contributions to This Article
- 8 Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
Most of this collection consists of marriage licenses and certificates, including a few marriage declarations and marriage stubs. The collection covers the years 1891 to 1959.
The records are arranged by county, then by volume and year range. The form type varies between register style and certificate style. County clerks usually used the same printed form during the same time periods. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some records.
The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page.
For a list of film numbers currently published in this collection, select the Browse.
Coverage tables for this collection are available in the wiki article Oklahoma County Marriages Coverage Tables (FamilySearch Historical Records).
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.
- "Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1891-1959." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.
Genealogical facts found in these marriage records include the following:
- Names of the bride and groom
- Date and place of marriage
- Birthplaces of the bride and groom
- Current residences of bride and groom
- Names of parents or guardians of bride and groom
- Names of witnesses
- Name of person officiating at marriage
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the names of the bride or the groom and other identifying information such as the approximate marriage date or place.
Search the Collection
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
Using the Information
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. *Use the residence and names of the parents to locate census, church and land records.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Residences may help you to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- 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.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- 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 uncommon.
- 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.
- 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.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
- Check for an index. Local historical and genealogical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
General Information About Marriage Records
Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county. The records usually are kept 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.
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.
Known Issues with This Collection
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Related Web Sites
Oklahoma Marriages Genweb Archives - Scroll down to see all counties
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"Oklahoma County Marriages, 1891-1959," database and digital images, FamilySearch, (https://familysearch.org https: accessed 28 July 2011). MC Favors and Jimmie Reynolds, 19 Nov 1914; citing Marriage Records. FHL mircofilm 2194748 Digital Folder: 4532305 Image #00415; Bryan County Courthouse, Ada, Oklahoma.