Marriage Records

Marriage records are a primary genealogical source.
They can tell many different things about an individual/s.
Here are a few things you can find on a marriage certificate:

Click Here to see Marriage Record Example from 1907
  • Name of Bride
  • Name of Groom
  • Parents of Both/birthplace of parents
  • Birthplace of Bride & Groom
  • Place of Marriage
  • Date of Marriage
  • Ages of Bride and Groom
  • Officiant of Ceremony
  • Witnesses

  • In many instances of Marriage records pre-1900 you might find your ancestor listed under a nickname. For instance my ggrandfather Woods and ggrandmother Elizabeth are listed as Woodsie and Lizzie. So don't give up if you can't find them listed it might be under a nickname. Example:(William as Bill, Emma as Em or Emmie, Etc.)

    Most marriage records are kept with the County/City in which the marriage took place. Call the local County/City Clerk to find out what years they carry on file. If the Marriage took place before the dates they carry you will have to request a search from the State Archives.

    Links to Marriage Records


  • Where to Write for Vital Records in the United States/Index
    Click on state to get info on where to write for records

    Kentucky Resources

  • Pike County, KY Marriages (mid to late 1800's)
  • Lawrence County, KY Vital Records FTP SITE
    Arranged by year and record


  • England and Wales Marriage Certificate Info

    Austalia, New Zealand, Asia

  • Australasia birth, deathand marriage records exchange
  • Australian birth, death and marriage records

    General Link Sites

  • Cyndi's Links to Marriage Resources