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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:

Marriage Licenses

  • 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.

Latest Questions and Comments for Marriage and Divorce

25 Comment(s)Last comment at 2015-05-06 20:53 GMT

Looking for divorce record for Lowell V. Leak; married aldredge may in August of 1945. Divorced shortly thereafter. Aldredge married someone else in May of 1947 So divorce occurred in Marshall County, Alabama between 1945 and 1947.
Answer 2015-05-06 20:53 GMT
i am looking for dissolution of marriage for aaron sterling and connie patton-sterling
Answer 2015-01-15 10:21 GMT
my wife was married in Corinth miss am trying to get copy of marriage certificate
Answer 2014-12-11 23:34 GMT
I think my mother was divorced in Washington, DC in 1954, 55,56. Is this the right department to look for her divorce decree?
Answer 2014-10-30 20:17 GMT
How can I find the divorce record of my mom Leslie Macko & dad John Michael Hughes. I think he may have passed and I don't know how to find out if it is him that passed or another john hughes. They were married in Dec. 20 1966 and divorced in 1967 or 1968 in Washington state King County
Answer 2014-06-28 07:28 GMT
I need to find the date of my marriage to Russell L. Barnes in June of the early 1970s for myFL drivers license renewal and get a copy of it. If not I will have to change all of my accounts to my máiden name. I never changed my name back after our divorce and I have been told that he is deceased so I can't ask him Help
Answer 2014-06-19 23:28 GMT
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Answer 2014-05-05 07:40 GMT
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Answer 2014-04-08 02:07 GMT
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Answer 2014-01-23 14:52 GMT
i need a copy of a divorce decree
Answer 2014-01-01 21:46 GMT
Marriage records Prior to 1952 are available from the County Probate Court where the marriage application was originally recorded. You can request the information in person or via mail. As you are not sure of the year of the marriage, there may be extra fees to check for records over the years. Please find more details at
Answer 2013-12-12 20:03 GMT
To obtain the certified copy of marriage certificate by mail, you need to send the request form to the county recorder in which marriage took place. In this case, it would be the Clark County Recorder. You must include Name of groom, Maiden name of brie, Date of Marriage, City of Marriage. Find more information about fees and address check here Alternately, you can search for your name on the PublicRecords360's home page and see if there is a public marriage record available for you.
Answer 2013-12-12 19:36 GMT
Where can I find marriage records prior to 1952? I'm looking for the record of my parents' marriage and I have been told they were married in Dade County. I don't have the exact date, but it would have been between 1945 and 1952.
Answer 2013-12-04 01:00 GMT
this is phillip douglas sangster im trying to find out if me and my ex-wife Amanda cl sangster is divorced or not thks.
Answer 2013-12-03 17:31 GMT
I got married in Las Vegas in 2008. But i now live in California. How can I obtain my marriage license. Through the mail.
Answer 2013-12-02 19:36 GMT
I am trying to find out if I am divorced. I was married for 3 months in Jacksonville, NC about 8 years ago until my wife went to jail. Haven't been able to track her down and don't know how to find out if I'm divorced.
Answer 2013-11-29 21:26 GMT
I need a copy of my marriage license. Wher can I pick it up in Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia County court system?
Answer 2013-11-27 20:32 GMT
I found Ida Bienenfeld (Reichenfeld) in the Mass Marriage Index for 1940, Vol 11, page 32, but it doesn't say who she married?? How do I find that? Thanks, Terri
Answer 2013-11-24 18:38 GMT
The grandparents name was Marcella Marcum and Mahlon Billingsley. The year of marriage was approximately 1931. They were divorced about 10 years later.
Answer 2013-11-21 22:10 GMT
I think that my parents got a divorce in Garden County, NE. Do you have them in your records as marrying and then divorcing. They had two children. Please let me know if you have any of these records.
Answer 2013-11-21 22:04 GMT
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Answer 2013-11-16 01:49 GMT
how long is a NJ Marriage license valid before the actual marriag
Answer 2013-11-05 18:49 GMT
I have been trying to find information from my parents marriage certificate. They are both deceased now. All I know is they were married sometime between 1940 and 1948 in Iowa in a "Little White Church" Their names were Roy Leslie Kinneman and Evelyn Margaret Benson Kinneman. They lived in Hager City, WI 54014. I am wondering if you can please help me find this. Thanks, Yvonne M. Kinneman Marklevits
Answer 2013-10-31 15:55 GMT
We where marriage in Washington ,D.C. in January 02-1971.
Answer 2013-10-10 16:56 GMT
I am assisting a friend w/application to get VA benefits through her late husband. She has MS and is in a nursing home. She needs a copy of her husband's divorce from his previous wife. She isn't sure whether he divorced in Washington or Sullivan County, TN in 1992-94. His name is Arthur Alan Countiss and his ex-wife Jeannie Brooks Countiss. They married in Johnson County, TN. Thank you P. Wilson
Answer 2013-09-03 17:21 GMT

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Arizona Public Records - Maricopa County Marriage Licenses Edit

Physical Address:
Maricopa County Clerk Customer Service Center 601 W. Jackson Phoenix, Arizona 85003
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Delaware Public Records - Marriage Records Edit

Get copies of marriage certificates in person, by written request to the Office of Vital Statistics or online through the third party vendor, VitalChek.

Physical Address:
Office of Vital Statistics 417 Federal St. Dover, Delaware 19901

Hawaii Public Records - Marriage Records Edit

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.

Mailing Address:
State Department of Health Office of Health Status Monitoring Issuance/Vital Statistics Section P.O. Box 3378 Honolulu, Hawaii 96801

Contact Information:
P: 808.586.4539

Illinois Public Records - Marriage And Divorce Records Edit

Verification of the facts contained in marriage and divorce records from 1962 to present may be obtained from the Division of Vital Records for a nominal fee. Certified copies of such records may be obtained from the county clerk in the county where the event occurred.

Physical Address:
Vital Records 925 East Ridgely Ave. Springfield, Illinois 62702
Contact: P: 217.782.6553 F: 217.785.3209

Kentucky Public Records - Marriage And Divorce Records Edit

The Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics maintains marriage and divorce records on file from 1958 to present. Records can be ordered by phone, mail, online, or in-person. For marriage records prior to 1958, you will need to contact the county clerk where the marriage license was issued. For divorce records prior to 1958, you will need to contact the circuit county clerk where the divorce decree was granted. In order to obtain certified copies of records, you must know the full name of the groom

Physical Address:
Office of Vital Statistics 275 E. Main St. 1E-A Frankfort, Kentucky 40621
Contact: P: 502.564.4212

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