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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Maricopa County Clerk Customer Service Center 601 W. Jackson Phoenix, Arizona 85003
Contact: P: 602.506.3360
Maricopa County Clerk Southeast Public Service Facility 222 E. Javelina Mesa, Arizona 85202
Northwest Regional Court Center 14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane Surprise, Arizona 85374
Northeast Regional Court Center 18380 N. 40th St., Suite 120 Phoenix, Arizona 85032
Get copies of marriage certificates in person, by written request to the Office of Vital Statistics or online through the third party vendor, VitalChek.
Office of Vital Statistics 417 Federal St. Dover, Delaware 19901
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
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 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
Office of Vital Statistics 275 E. Main St. 1E-A Frankfort, Kentucky 40621
Contact: P: 502.564.4212
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