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Estimating a marriage date

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  • Census records 1900 and moving forward in time often list a marriage year or the age at first marriage.
  • Find the birth year of the first child and estimate that the marriage took place one to two years before that birth.
  • Marriage age for a female's first marriage was about 16-21.
  • Marriage age for a male's first marriage was about 18-25.

Your ancestor's actual marriage dates may vary widely from these general guidelines. These dates are rough estimates.

  • When working with many generations of a family, always begin with younger generations and work backward in time.