Marriage and Divorce Records
What Information Can Be Found in Marriage and Divorce Records?
Marriage and divorce information can be helpful in finding lost relatives, looking for proof of citizenship,
documenting your family tree or for conducting genealogy research for medical or other reasons.
Such official documentation can clear up the uncertainty of relationships or establish others.
Like birth and death records, these vital records were not routinely maintained in the United States until the early 1900's.
However, subsequent to this period, marriage and divorce records were maintained at the state level.
The type of information that you can find in marriage and divorce records includes:
- Addresses at time of marriage application
- Maiden name
- Birth dates, birth places & occupations
- Blood types
- Place of marriage
- Witness names
Divorce, Annulment and Separation Certificates
- Names of both parties
- Wife's maiden name
- Date and place of marriage
- Addresses at time of record
- Property settlements and child custody decisions
How to Conduct a Marriage or Divorce Records Search?
To conduct a search or obtain copies of marriage licenses or divorce, separation or annulment certificates, you should contact:
- The vital records office in the state where the marriage or marital separation occurred. The location of this office varies from state to state, but in many cases this office or these records are maintained through the state's department of health.
- The family court clerk's office in the county in which the couple lives or divorced.
National Marriage, Divorce, Annulment and Separation Records Resource Links
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vital Records Resources - Marriage, divorce, annulment, and separation records are handled at the state level, but the CDC does offer a composite list of links to each state's vital records office.
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La Paz County Clerk of the Superior Court 1316 Kofa Ave, Suite 607 Parker, Arizona 85344
Contact: P: 928.669.6131 F: 928.669.2186
Pinal Clerk of the Superior Court Attn: Marriage License Division P.O. Box 2730 Florence, Arizona 85132
P: 520.866.5300 E: PinalCOSC@courts.az.gov
Find the requirements for a marriage license in the state of Hawaii and learn how to get one. Also get copies of marriage certificates through the Vital Records Office.
State Department of Health Office of Health Status Monitoring Issuance/Vital Statistics Section P.O. Box 3378 Honolulu, Hawaii 96801
The Idaho Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics maintains marriage and divorce records from May 1947 to present. Older records may be found in county records where the event occurred. Request a copy of a marriage or divorce certificate with proper identification and/or proof of relation. Certificates may be obtained through the mail or online through third party vendor VitalChek.
Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics 450 West State St. Boise, Idaho 83702
Contact: P: 208.334.5988 E: IVR@DHW.IDAHO.GOV
The Louisiana Vital Records Registry only maintains records for marriage licenses purchased and recorded in Orleans Parish. To obtain certified copies of marriage records from other parishes, you must contact the parish where the license was purchased. Learn how to purchase marriage records from Orleans Parish, how to apply for an Orleans Parish marriage license, and more. To obtain a divorce decree in the State of Louisiana, you must contact the Clerk of Court in the parish where the divorce w
Department of Health and Hospitals Vital Records Registry 628 N. 4th Street Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
Contact: P: 225.342.9500 F: 225.342.5568
Department of Health and Hospitals Vital Records Registry 628 N. 4th Street P.O. Box 628 70821-0629 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
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