Hidden Ancestors
Marriage Records


Marriage records are primary source records because they are completed close to the time of the marriage by someone who was present at the marriage. They are important because they provide proof of a marriage as well as providing the maiden name of the bride.

There can be 3 main types of records

Marriage License - A bride and groom obtained a license to be married by applying to the proper authorities. These records usually have the most information of genealogical value, including the couple's names, ages, residences, race, birth dates, occupations and usually the names and maybe even birthplaces of the parents.

Marriage Register - After the ceremony, the signed marriage license was returned to the clerk for recording in a register or book. The information on the marriage usually included the names of the couple, the date and place of the marriage, and the name of the person who performed the marriage.

Marriage Certificate - The individual who performed the ceremony may have given the couple a physical certificate of marriage upon completion of the ceremony. The information on such a certificate varied, but always included the couple's names, marriage date, and location. This certificate is usually the hardest marriage record to locate as copies were not often kept by officials, though some original marriage certificates do exist in various records repositories and archives.
General
England and Wales Marriage Certificates  -  FreeBMD
United States Freedmen's Bureau Marriages, 1815-1869  -  FamilySearch

Texas Records
Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 - FamilySearch
Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1977 - FamilySearch
Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973  -  FamilySearch
Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010  -  FamilySearch
Texas Marriage Records by County -  GenWed
Texas, Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2011  -  Ancestry ($)
Texas, Select County Marriage Index, 1837-1977  -  Ancestry  ($)
Texas County Archives  -  USGenWeb
Texas County Sites -  TXGenWeb
Texas Vital Records  -  Rootsweb
Texas Marriage Records -  Archives ($)

Tennessee Records
Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950  -  FamilySearch
Tennessee, Marriages, 1796-1950  -  FamilySearch
Tennessee, State Marriage Index, 1780-2002  -  FamilySearch
Tennesse Marriage Records by County  -  GenWed
Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002  -  Ancestry  ($)
Tennessee, Marriages, 1851-1900  -  Ancestry  ($)
Tennessee County Archives  -  USGenWeb
Tennessee County Sites -  TNGenWeb
Tennessee Vital Records  -  Rootsweb
Tennessee Marriages to 1825  -  Ancestry ($)
Tennessee Marriage Records  -  Archives  ($)
Marriages of Davidson County, Tennessee, 1789 - 1847  -  World Vital Records ($)

Georgia
Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950  -  FamilySearch
Georgia, Marriages, 1808-1967  -  FamilySearch
Georgia County Archives  -  USGenWeb
Georgia County Sites  -  GAGenWeb

Florida
Florida Marriages -  GenWed
Florida Marriage Collection, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001  -  Ancestry  ($)
Florida Marriages, 1822-1850  -  Ancestry ($)
Florida County Archives  -  USGenWeb
Florida County Sites -  FLGenWeb
Florida State Marriage Records  -  Archives  ($)