The Marriage Record
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Directions and Tips for Using Marriage Record Index On-line
|Click on the "Marriage Record Index" button above; then double click on the application "Recorder05 - Marriage Index 1872 to 1939".|
Tips for Using Marriage Record Index
The "Marriage Index" can be searched by entering the
first letter of the last name followed by an
All alphabetical sections with the last name beginning with “A” will be displayed. Double click on the alphabetical section you want to view. Records in the alphabetical section are in chronological order. Common names (such as “Anderson”) will have their own section. Within each common name section, you will find all possible spellings listed.
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Marriage Record Index
It was difficult in the 1800’s to keep records and not all vital records were reported. Often people providing information did not read, write or speak English. Those who did speak English often had accents, which made communication difficult to understand and to spell. The persons collecting the information might also have had their own language barriers. Therefore, you should look for all possible variations of spellings.
Information collected on a marriage application today is very different when compared to past applications. Below is a list of the information items collected on marriage records during 1872 - 1939:
Date of application
Name of groom
Groom’s county and state of residence
Groom’s age (starting mid 1902 records)
Maiden name of bride
Bride’s county and state of residence
Bride’s age (starting mid 1902 records)
Date of marriage
County or city where marriage took place
Names of two witnesses (no address)
Name of person officiating the marriage (no address)
Minister or justice of the peace to describe officiating person
County name where officiant's credentials are on file
Book and page number of record given in the index
Once you have located the book and page number of the record you want to obtain, contact the Clay County Recorder’s Office to request a copy of the marriage record. Include the book and page number in your request. For fee information see the Vital Statistics Fee Schedule.
An index is a tool used to assist in locating records. Marriage index information is believed to be accurate but accuracy is not guaranteed.
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