Information You Need When Searching for Marriage Records
Article summary: You need information
when searching for marriage records. However, if you don’t
know all the information, an online search for vital records can
When searching for marriage records, you need to have some key information,
especially if you are going to be using the offices that house county
vital records. Some of this you may know, but if you are looking
for an old record, you may not know the information. What are the
key pieces of information you need when searching for marriage records?
The person’s name. This
should be obvious, but unfortunately, many people who are dishonest
use aliases. Another reason why the name would be different
on a marriage certificate is if the woman had been married before.
She may have been going by her married name or a maiden name
you do not know.
The age of the bride and groom.
There are many people with similar names across the United States
(for example, John Smith and Jane Jones are often common names).
If you know their approximate age at the time the wedding took
place, you can narrow down your search for the marriage records
in county vital records.
The date of the marriage.
If a person has been married multiple times, you may need to
nail down the actual date of the record you need. If not you
may spend a lot of time searching through marriage records.
The one piece of information you need that presents
the biggest challenge is the location of the marriage. Marriage
records are filed in the county where the marriage took place. If
you have no clue as to where the marriage occurred, you could spend
hours guessing which state, which county and which courthouse the
record would be located. You could ask friends or relatives for
guidance but if you want to be discreet about your search that is
not a good idea.
Searching an online public records database is a discreet way to
find marriage records from all over the country. While it helps
if you have at least the state to list in the search engine, you
can conduct a general search. This search will produce county vital
records that may lead you to the information you need. All you need
to do is key in what you know into the database from your computer
to receive options that match the information. A public records
database will contain information from all 50 states and in some
cases other areas were weddings are popular. You don’t have
to travel or call courthouse after courthouse looking for marriage
records. You can do these searches from your office or home and
no one will know.
You don’t have to take out a small loan to search an online
public records database. Most of these searches cost from $5 to
less than $100 depending on how much information you need. When
you add in the costs of gas and your time, these searches are a
bargain if you are looking for marriage records.