Marriage Records

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Each state has a Vital Records Office responsible for maintaining marriage records, which simply records of marriages that occurred in the state. Anyone can access a state’s marriage records, as they are considered public records in every state.

However, marriage records were not always kept by the state government. For many years, religious organizations and local governments maintained records of marriages. Typically, marriages were recorded by the clerk of the town or county where the bride lived. If you are looking for older marriage records, you may be able to find them by contacting religious organizations, local government agencies, or historical societies in the bride’s hometown.

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