Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information

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Marriage Information Substitutes[edit | edit source]

Use these substitute records to locate marriage information about your ancestor:
Newspapers Announcements Includes marriage information such as wedding announcements or golden anniversaries
Church Records May list maiden name of spouse as well as date and place of marriage
Obituaries Obituaries may include the name of the surviving spouse. More recent obituaries may also include the date and place of the marriage.
Military Records A widow's pension includes the name of the veteran and additional information to prove their marriage.
Death Records May include the name of spouse and whether married, widowed, or divorced
Census Records After 1850, censuses may list the first names of spouse; 20th Century censuses may include information such as number of years married
Bible Records May include dates of marriage as well as the maiden name of spouses