Marriage and Divorce Records

Search Marriage and Divorce Records for Vital Statistics and Genealogy Research

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 2019-04-15 01:07 GMT

We need a copy of my parents marriage certificate. They were married in Washington DC on Aug. 25th, 1951 at Christ Lutheran Church. In order to apply for VA assisted living benefits, we need this document as soon as possible. Help??
Answer 2019-04-15 01:07 GMT

Do you know the county in which the divorce took place? This early divorce record may have been filed that county's office. Please look for the county clerk's office and contact them. You may have to send a written request.
Answer 2018-04-30 06:19 GMT

About 1895 my great grandmother was divorced from my great grandfather...I cannot find any records anywhere pertaining to that. Are there any records still in existence? I find marriage records, but not divorce records. Can you help?
Answer 2018-02-26 00:24 GMT

I'm looking for Frank Everette Robertson and Robin Francean Robertson divorce papers
Answer 2017-12-05 23:49 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

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Answer 2016-02-24 18:52 GMT

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Answer 2015-08-29 19:36 GMT

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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
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Answer 2014-04-08 02:07 GMT

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Answer 2014-01-23 14:52 GMT

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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
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 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

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Prominent Records for Marriage and Divorce

Arizona Public Records - Santa Cruz County Marriage Licenses Edit

Physical Address:
Santa Cruz Clerk of the Superior Court 2150 N. Congress Dr. Nogales, Arizona 85621
Contact: P: 520.375.7700

Delaware Public Records - Marriage Records Edit

Get copies of marriage certificates in person, by written request to the Office of Vital Statistics or online through the third party vendor, VitalChek.

Physical Address:
Office of Vital Statistics 417 Federal St. Dover, Delaware 19901

Illinois Public Records - Marriage And Divorce Records Edit

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.

Physical Address:
Vital Records 925 East Ridgely Ave. Springfield, Illinois 62702
Contact: P: 217.782.6553 F: 217.785.3209

Kentucky Public Records - Marriage And Divorce Records Edit

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

Physical Address:
Office of Vital Statistics 275 E. Main St. 1E-A Frankfort, Kentucky 40621
Contact: P: 502.564.4212

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

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

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