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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To apply for a marriage license, contact the county clerk's office in the region where the event will take place. Order verifications or 'heirloom' certificates by mail or online through third party service VitalCheck.com.
Department of Public Health and Environment Vital Records Section 4300 Cherry Creek Drive south HSVRD-VR-A1 Denver, Colorado 80246
The State Office of Vital Records is responsible for the issuance of marriage licenses. Find eligibility requirements and how to obtain a license, or request a copy of a certificate online or in person. Online requests may be made through www.vitalchek.com.
State Vital Records Office 410 Capitol Avenue Hartford, Connecticut 06134
Contact: P: 860.509.8000
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 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
The Maine Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics provides access to a variety of vital records including divorce records. Divorce certificates can be ordered online, by mail, or in-person. In order to obtain a certified divorce record you must know the names listed on the divorce record, the date of the divorce, and the city or town where the divorce occurred. The first divorce certificate is $15 and each additional copy of the same record is $6.
Vital Records 11 State House Station 244 Water Street Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
Contact: P: 207.287.3181
P: 888.664.9491 (Toll Free)
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