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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Get copies of marriage licenses for events taking place from June 6, 1927 to present. Licenses issued before t his date may be obtained from the county Clerk of court where the marriage took place.
Bureau of Vital Statistics Attn; Customer Services P.O. Box 210 1217 Pearl St. Jacksonville, Florida 32231-0042
P: 904.359.6900 Ext. 9000 F: 877.550.7428 (VitalChek)
The Vital Records office may conduct a search to determine the occurrence of a divorce, but no records may be issued through this office; certified copies of divorce certificates are available from the Clerk of the Superior court in the county where the divorce was granted. To request a search to confirm divorce, you must provide a signed request including the designated fee and the groom's name, bride's name, date of divorce, place of divorce, and the number of copies requested.
Vital Records 2600 Skyland Drive Atlanta, Georgia 30319-3640
Contact: P: 404.679.4702 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the form to request a certified copy of a divorce record 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 Kansas Department of Health and Environment provides interested and qualified parties with access to certified copies of marriage records. The fee for a marriage record search is $15 and will be kept even if a record is not found. Marriage licenses are available from May 1, 1913. Learn how to order a marriage certificate and how to amend or correct a marriage certificate. Learn how to locate marriage records prior to 1913. Download marriage record applications and find information on county
Department of Health and Environment Office of Vital Records Curtis State Office Building 1000 SW Jackson Topeka, Kansas 66612
Contact: P: 785.296.1400
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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