Marriage and divorce records can be an invaluable resource for genealogists looking to research their ancestors. State and federal institutions have documented marriages and divorces for hundreds of years. Digital copies and indexes of more recent records are common, but their availability often depends on a state's public records law. We are constantly adding records and collections to provide the most extensive and useful information to our users.
The marriage and divorce records in our databases come from many different sources:
State Health Departments: Some states provide access to marriage, divorce, and other vital records for certain years. The year range available depends on the extent and quality of their record keeping, as well as the laws of the individual state or county.
Federal or State Archives: Some records, dating hundreds of year old, have been transcribed from physical records at libraries or archive depositories. Often times, unpaid and dedicated volunteers have worked hard to digitize old records, so they may be searched and found by historians and genealogists.
Church Records: Some churches keep records of the marriages they perform. Some of these records have also been digitized by volunteers so they may be searched.