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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Graham Superior Court Clerk 223 Fifth St. P.O. Box 1027 Clifton, Arizona 85533
P: 928.865.4242 F: 928.865.5358
Obtain certified copies of California marriage and divorce records. Certified copies include either 'authorized' copies of 'informational' copies. A notarized sworn statement is required for all certified copies of marriage certificates. Marriage and divorce certificates may also be obtained through the County Recorder's Office where the event took place.
Department of Public Health Vital Records - MS 5103 P.O. Box 997410 1501 Capitol Avenue Sacramento, California 95899-7410
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
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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