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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:

Marriage Licenses

  • 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.


Latest Questions and Comments for Marriage and Divorce

25 Comment(s)Last comment at 2014-06-28 07:28 GMT

How can I find the divorce record of my mom Leslie Macko & dad John Michael Hughes. I think he may have passed and I don't know how to find out if it is him that passed or another john hughes. They were married in Dec. 20 1966 and divorced in 1967 or 1968 in Washington state King County
Answer 2014-06-28 07:28 GMT
I need to find the date of my marriage to Russell L. Barnes in June of the early 1970s for myFL drivers license renewal and get a copy of it. If not I will have to change all of my accounts to my máiden name. I never changed my name back after our divorce and I have been told that he is deceased so I can't ask him Help
Answer 2014-06-19 23:28 GMT
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Answer 2014-05-05 07:40 GMT
I am looking for dissolution of marriage for michelle gorden and Michael gorden/
Answer 2014-04-08 02:07 GMT
can i apply on line for divorce record
Answer 2014-01-23 14:52 GMT
i need a copy of a divorce decree
Answer 2014-01-01 21:46 GMT
Marriage records Prior to 1952 are available from the County Probate Court where the marriage application was originally recorded. You can request the information in person or via mail. As you are not sure of the year of the marriage, there may be extra fees to check for records over the years. Please find more details at http://dph.georgia.gov/VitalRecords.
Answer 2013-12-12 20:03 GMT
To obtain the certified copy of marriage certificate by mail, you need to send the request form to the county recorder in which marriage took place. In this case, it would be the Clark County Recorder. You must include Name of groom, Maiden name of brie, Date of Marriage, City of Marriage. Find more information about fees and address check here http://health.nv.gov/vs.htm. Alternately, you can search for your name on the PublicRecords360's home page and see if there is a public marriage record available for you.
Answer 2013-12-12 19:36 GMT
Where can I find marriage records prior to 1952? I'm looking for the record of my parents' marriage and I have been told they were married in Dade County. I don't have the exact date, but it would have been between 1945 and 1952.
Answer 2013-12-04 01:00 GMT
this is phillip douglas sangster im trying to find out if me and my ex-wife Amanda cl sangster is divorced or not thks.
Answer 2013-12-03 17:31 GMT
I got married in Las Vegas in 2008. But i now live in California. How can I obtain my marriage license. Through the mail.
Answer 2013-12-02 19:36 GMT
I am trying to find out if I am divorced. I was married for 3 months in Jacksonville, NC about 8 years ago until my wife went to jail. Haven't been able to track her down and don't know how to find out if I'm divorced.
Answer 2013-11-29 21:26 GMT
I need a copy of my marriage license. Wher can I pick it up in Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia County court system?
Answer 2013-11-27 20:32 GMT
I found Ida Bienenfeld (Reichenfeld) in the Mass Marriage Index for 1940, Vol 11, page 32, but it doesn't say who she married?? How do I find that? Thanks, Terri
Answer 2013-11-24 18:38 GMT
The grandparents name was Marcella Marcum and Mahlon Billingsley. The year of marriage was approximately 1931. They were divorced about 10 years later.
Answer 2013-11-21 22:10 GMT
I think that my parents got a divorce in Garden County, NE. Do you have them in your records as marrying and then divorcing. They had two children. Please let me know if you have any of these records.
Answer 2013-11-21 22:04 GMT
how can i get a copy of my marriage certificate and a copy of my divorce certificate
Answer 2013-11-16 01:49 GMT
how long is a NJ Marriage license valid before the actual marriag
Answer 2013-11-05 18:49 GMT
I have been trying to find information from my parents marriage certificate. They are both deceased now. All I know is they were married sometime between 1940 and 1948 in Iowa in a "Little White Church" Their names were Roy Leslie Kinneman and Evelyn Margaret Benson Kinneman. They lived in Hager City, WI 54014. I am wondering if you can please help me find this. Thanks, Yvonne M. Kinneman Marklevits
Answer 2013-10-31 15:55 GMT
We where marriage in Washington ,D.C. in January 02-1971.
Answer 2013-10-10 16:56 GMT
I am assisting a friend w/application to get VA benefits through her late husband. She has MS and is in a nursing home. She needs a copy of her husband's divorce from his previous wife. She isn't sure whether he divorced in Washington or Sullivan County, TN in 1992-94. His name is Arthur Alan Countiss and his ex-wife Jeannie Brooks Countiss. They married in Johnson County, TN. Thank you P. Wilson
Answer 2013-09-03 17:21 GMT
I am looking for my parents marriage license. They both have passed away. They probably were married around 1942 - 1948 I have no idea of the date. Their names are Jesse Leroy Keener and Betty Verona Adams
Answer 2013-04-07 04:31 GMT
how do i get a copy of an old marriage record?
Answer 2013-03-23 11:56 GMT
I am trying to find out if someone is married
Answer 2013-03-05 08:08 GMT
I am looking for records on Mary Jan Evans, born 10 June 1876 in Malad City, Oneida, Idaho to Benjamin Howell Evans and Mary Williams Evans. I am looking for marriage and possible divorce records. The information that I have, has her married to Earl Sievert, Frank Costello (possibly in 1897), and Jonathan Wells Sawyers (possibly on 11 May 1907). I would like records showing the verification of any or all of these marriages. They may have taken place in Woodruff, Idaho or possibly Malad, Idaho. I am the son of John LeRoy Evans, who is the son of Benjamin Williams Evans, who is the brother of Mary Jane Evans who are the children of Benjamin Howell Evans. Could you please let me know how I can get these records and if there is a fee, what I need to do. My phone number is (801) 277-7728. My address is: LeRoy Evans, 2149 Terra Linda Dr., SLC, UT 84124. My email address is: leroyevans7 @@gmail:disqus.com. Thank you, LeRoy Evans  
Answer 2013-02-28 18:04 GMT

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Colorado Public Records - Marriage And Divorce Records Edit

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.

Physical Address:
Department of Public Health and Environment Vital Records Section 4300 Cherry Creek Drive south HSVRD-VR-A1 Denver, Colorado 80246

Connecticut Public Records - Marriage Records Edit

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.

Physical Address:
State Vital Records Office 410 Capitol Avenue Hartford, Connecticut 06134
Contact: P: 860.509.8000

Indiana Public Records - Marriage And Divorce Records Edit

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

Physical Address:
State Library Genealogy Division 140 North Senate Avenue Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2296
Contact: P: 317.232.3689

I am looking for dissolution of marriage for michelle gorden and Michael gorden/
Answer 2014-04-08 02:07 GMT
What if your last name is spelled wrong in this list? Who fixes that?
Answer 2012-08-21 17:54 GMT

Louisiana Public Records - Marriage And Divorce Records Edit

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

Physical Address:
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

Mailing Address:
Department of Health and Hospitals Vital Records Registry 628 N. 4th Street P.O. Box 628 70821-0629 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

Maine Public Records - Divorce Records Edit

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.

Physical Address:
Vital Records 11 State House Station 244 Water Street Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
Contact: P: 207.287.3181

Contact Information:
P: 888.664.9491 (Toll Free)

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