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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Why Marriage Records do not exist

It is quite frustrating not to find a marriage record. It seems that all too often there is nothing found in the court house.  That is because the clergy was not required to put the record in the court house.  Usually, you do not find this requirement until around 1900.  So, where does one search next?  There are some books in regional libraries which contain the published marriages of certain ministers.  But these books are rare.  The next move, then, is to search through old newspapers.  Sorry, that is a tedious and time-consuming project!  It may not have been published in the local newspapers, and could be in almost any newspaper in the State.  That is because they could have died while visiting someone, or a relative had it mentioned.  Even if the newspaper has an marriage section, also look in the "society" and other "local news" sections, as well as the want-ad section.  Yes, they are everywhere!  The first page of any newspaper usually contains information on international and political figures. Even so, it depends upon how important was the event.  Do not give up yet.  The next place to search is the deed records where "deeds of gift" are filed.  Oftentimes, such deeds provide such information as the settlement of estates, names of heirs, and the names of the husbands of their daughters.  

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