vital record, marriage record
Article summary: The Internet
has spawned a new way for people to look for county vital records.
This is a more efficient way to look for a marriage record.
County vital records such as birth records, divorce decrees, marriage
certificates and death records are required to be filed in the United
States. Genealogists search this information regularly to learn
more about a family’s heritage or a community they are researching.
Professional genealogists would arrange family trips around a search
for county vital records in an area that is far from their home.
Historians have spent hours in dusty rooms in old courthouses looking
through worn books for marriage records to prove that someone really
did marry royalty or to prove some other historic claim.
Visionaries at some of the 3,141 county courthouses across the United
States saw an opportunity when the Internet boomed in the 90s. Creating
online databases for marriage records and other information would
allow genealogists and other professionals to search for these county
vital records from their home or office computer, eliminating the
need to drive across the country to do research. Genealogists have
also embraced this new technology and started forums online that
directed their colleagues as to what county a vital record could
Many counties, even more than a decade since the Internet became
mainstream, still have not computerized their records. And many
people just wanting to trace one record are not aware of even how
to begin a search. Online records databases are a way to help anyone
trying to find a marriage record. These online search companies
compile these county vital statistics in one place. These databases
have several advantages to doing it ‘the old fashioned way.’
You can search for the marriage record discreetly
without leaving your home. You may be snooping on your daughter’s
new boyfriend and you want to find out if he has been married
before. But if you go down to the courthouse, you will have
to deal with your daughter’s friend who will likely tell
her what you are doing.
Online databases contain records
from all 50 states. If you don’t know where the
marriage record was filed, you don’t want to waste you
time calling from Maine to Arizona. And if the person was married
in another country, you will run up a hefty phone bill making
inquiries. The information is at you fingertips when you use
an online database search company to help you find the marriage
These searches are inexpensive.
Most searches cost less than $50—even if you need unlimited
access to county vital records. If you are searching for just
one marriage record, you could spend as little as $5. This saves
time and money for anyone needing to find out where a record
Many people think using an online records database
is too complicated. However if you know just a little bit of information,
you can find a marriage record easily. Just type in the correct
information in the lines provided and you will see a list of records
available. You will be able to pick out that record from the list.