Marriage Records Can be Difficult
Article summary: Because people
change their names or get married in different states, finding marriage
records online can be difficult. An online search will find records
in all 50 states and is the easiest way to find these records.
Some people say that our past is an indicator of what we will do
in the future. This is why private investigators and detectives
scour public records searching marriage records. If a person has
been married multiple times, you want to know more. How were these
marriages ended—by death or divorce? Was this person ever
married to two people at the same time? Were they too young to know
what marriage entailed and that is why they ended? Often the behavior
of a person in past marriages is used in trial and future civil
This is information that future spouses and investigators want to
know. But sometimes this information is hard to find. What are some
of the stumbling blocks to finding marriage records?
- If each of the past marriages occurred in different states,
it can be difficult tracking down these marriage records. You
may have to call a long list of courthouses if you are not sure
where the marriage took place. And each state has different procedures
for handling marriage records.
- You think the person used an alias. Unless
you have a Social Security number, and these can be fake as well,
it is hard to discover a ‘serial bride or groom.’
The marriage records will be recorded under different names and
perhaps different ages.
- You are a genealogist searching for very old marriage records.
You can find information about these online but if you need an
actual copy, you may need to search the back, dusty rooms of the
county courthouses. Some of the records may have been destroyed
or are in very bad shape and almost unreadable.
- You don’t know when the person was married.
Trying to search for marriage records without dates is difficult.
You may even find the wrong marriage record if the person has
been married many times!
- The marriage was annulled. If this was done,
it is like the marriage never existed. Those marriage records
may not be available.
The solution to finding marriage records that may
be hard to find is to search the Internet. An online company can
guide you through the process of finding the vital record you need.
How is this done?
Using an online records search company to find
vital records is also cheaper than traveling from courthouse to
courthouse looking for the records. Even if you need multiple marriage
records, in most cases you can search for less than $100.