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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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
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
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)
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
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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