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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Find marriage and divorce records dating back to 1917 in the state of Arkansas. Each record cost $10 and can be obtained by individuals who are related to the registrant, a designated representative, academic research groups, and anyone who can demonstrate a right to the records. In order to obtain marriage and divorce records, you must have government issued identification, the full name of husband and wife or groom and bride, and you must know the county in which the license or divorce decree
Department of Health 4815 West Markham Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
Contact: P: 501.661.2000
The State Office of Vital Records provides access to marriage records from 1952 to present. Certified copies of marriage license are available to the public, though certified copies of a marriage license application are only available to the bride and groom on the certificate. Certified copies of marriage records are also available at the Probate court in the county where the license was issued.
Vital Records 2600 Skyland Drive Atlanta, Georgia 30319-3640
Contact: P: 404.679.4702 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Vital Records 925 East Ridgely Ave. Springfield, Illinois 62702
Contact: P: 217.782.6553 F: 217.785.3209
The Indiana State Library has a variety of resources for obtaining marriage records for the State of Indiana. To obtain certified copies of marriage certificates, you must contact the county clerk where the marriage license was issued. Through the Indiana State Library, you may view marriage records from 1993 - 2004 with the Genealogy database that is provided by the Indiana Department of Health to the State Library. You may also search marriages through 1850 to obtain online copies of marriage
State Library Genealogy Division 140 North Senate Avenue Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2296
Contact: P: 317.232.3689
The Iowa Bureau of Health Statistics provides access to a variety of vital records and statistics including marriage records. Marriage records may be ordered by phone, online, by mail, or in person. Records have been maintained since 1880 and are on file with the Iowa Department of Public Health. The fee for obtaining a certified copy of a marriage record is a non-refundable $15 search fee. Learn how to request a commemorative marriage certificate.
Bureau of Health Statistics Vital Records Lucas State Ofc. Bldg. 321 E. 12th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Contact: P: 515.281.4944
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