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Marriage Records

Marriage records are important for proving that our ancestors were legally married and that their children were legitimate, and because they often include the maiden name of the bride. Learn how to find and use marriage records, plus access online marriage indexes and records.

Major Online Marriage Records & Databases
Discover your ancestors in these free online marriage databases and indexes. Some even offer digitized copies of the original marriage records for online viewing.

Intro to Genealogy - Marriage Records
Learn about the various types of marriage records and the information they contain which can help you fill in the gaps in your family tree.

How to Find a Marriage Date or Location
An individual's marriage date can usually be found in these genealogical records.

Where to Find U.S. Marriage Records
Learn where and how to access marriage certificates and marriage records for each US state and territory. Includes links to online marriage certificate applications and indexes, where available.

The BMD Project
Search this free database by state, county, first name, and/or last name to find marriage records submitted by users.

Free BMD
Volunteers have spent several years transcribing records for this free genealogy database, providing free Internet access to the Civil Registration index of births, marriages, and deaths from England and Wales for the period 1837-1983. Contains over 66 million unique records.

Free Marriage Records Database
Free database contains thousands of marriage records with the name of the groom, name of the bride and location and date of the marriage. Focused on US marriage records.

Organized links to online marriage records and indexes. There are a lot of subscription links on this site, but most are recognizable as such.

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763–1900
Taken from original marriage records and published compilations, this free searchable marriage index includes the names of the groom and bride, the date of the marriage or issuance of the license, the name of the county in which the marriage was performed, and a citation to the original record—volume and page number for registers or file number for licenses.

Rootsweb Marriage Records Database
Free searchable database contains over a half million marriage records, including over 80,000 distinct surnames.

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