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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 2017-09-20 16:20 GMT

My wife is having an affair and she told me the other guy is divorced so I should grant same - I want to confirm he is divorced. I am not a NC resident. How can I obtain and/or confirm a divorce record or decree?
Answer 2017-09-20 16:20 GMT
I am searching for the divorce decree of my wife and her ex-husband that was filed in Pottawatomie County, OK in 1986 Please help
Answer 2017-06-03 23:09 GMT
I am trying to find the divorce certificate for my step father & his previous wife. I believe they lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at the time of their divorce, but what information do I need to find out if the divorce was recorded and then get a copy of the divorce decree?
Answer 2016-07-29 03:19 GMT
I am in need of a certified copy of my divorce papers and I cannot remember the date - I think the year was 1983. My married name was Therese Dromgoole and my maiden and current name is Therese Perreault. Your help would be greatly appreciated
Answer 2016-04-18 03:23 GMT
Hi Is it possible to find out if there has been a marriage between two people when one is deceased?
Answer 2016-02-24 18:52 GMT
In Indiana, go to https://mycase.on.gov and do the All Odyssey Courts - Case Search for dissolution of marriage. Wish I could find an easy way to search for marriage records.
Answer 2015-08-29 19:39 GMT
In Indiana, search at https://mycase.on.gov for dissolution of marriage records.
Answer 2015-08-29 19:36 GMT
Looking for divorce record for Lowell V. Leak; married aldredge may in August of 1945. Divorced shortly thereafter. Aldredge married someone else in May of 1947 So divorce occurred in Marshall County, Alabama between 1945 and 1947.
Answer 2015-05-06 20:53 GMT
i am looking for dissolution of marriage for aaron sterling and connie patton-sterling
Answer 2015-01-15 10:21 GMT
my wife was married in Corinth miss am trying to get copy of marriage certificate
Answer 2014-12-11 23:34 GMT
I think my mother was divorced in Washington, DC in 1954, 55,56. Is this the right department to look for her divorce decree?
Answer 2014-10-30 20:17 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
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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

Prominent Records for Marriage and Divorce

Arkansas Public Records - Marriage And Divorce Records Edit

Find marriage and divorce records dating back to 1917 in the state of Arkansas. Each record cost $10 and can be obtained by individuals who are related to the registrant, a designated representative, academic research groups, and anyone who can demonstrate a right to the records. In order to obtain marriage and divorce records, you must have government issued identification, the full name of husband and wife or groom and bride, and you must know the county in which the license or divorce decree

Physical Address:
Department of Health 4815 West Markham Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
Contact: P: 501.661.2000

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)

I am in need of a certified copy of my divorce papers and I cannot remember the date - I think the year was 1983. My married name was Therese Dromgoole and my maiden and current name is Therese Perreault. Your help would be greatly appreciated
Answer 2016-04-18 03:23 GMT

Minnesota Public Records - Marriage And Divorce Records Edit

The Minnesota Department of Health offers assistance in obtaining certified copies of marriage and divorce records. Certificates are available from the county that granted the marriage license or the divorce decree. In order to obtain a certified copy of a marriage records or divorce decree, you must contact the local County Registrar where the record was issued.

Mailing Address:
Department of Health P.O. Box 64975 St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0975

Contact Information:
P: 651.201.5000

Contact Information:
P: 888.345.0823 (Toll Free)

Mississippi Public Records - Marriage And Divorce Records Edit

The Mississippi State Department of Health provides residents with access to certified copies of marriage and divorce records for events occurring within the State of Mississippi. Marriage records are available from 1942 - present and may be ordered online, by phone, by mail, or in person. You may also wish to contact the Circuit Clerk in which the county marriage license was issued as all marriage records are not on file with the Office of Vital Records. Certified copies of death records must

Physical Address:
Office of Vital Records Underwood Building 571 Stadium Drive Jackson, Mississippi
Contact: P: 601.576.7981 F: 601.576.7505 E: VRInfo@msdh.state.ms.us

my wife was married in Corinth miss am trying to get copy of marriage certificate
Answer 2014-12-11 23:34 GMT

Montana Public Records - Missoula County Marriage Licenses Edit

Marriage Records in Montana can be obtained at the county level from the individual County Clerks. The Missoula County Clerk offers access to marriage licenses for a fee of $53 which can be paid by cash or credit card. Both parties must present photo ID and be at least 18 years of age. A list of marriage forms and information sheets can be found on the Missoula County Clerk's website including a declaration or marriage, local rules of practice, marriage licenses information, premarital certific

Physical Address:
Missoula County Clerk Missoula County Courthouse Secondary Location Information 200 W Broadway Missoula, Montana 59802
Contact: P: 406.258.4752 F: 406.258.3913

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