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Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977  and Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965
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Location of Texas
Record Description
Record Type Marriage
Collection years 1837-1977
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Texas State Library and Archives, multiple county Clerks

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This article describes records contained in two Historical Records collections:

  • Texas County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 is an index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas.
  • Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965 consists of various types of marriage records from 183 of the 254 counties in Texas.

The records include marriage registers, intentions and licenses which are either handwritten in a journal style or handwritten on pre-printed forms in a register style. Journal style usually has a single entry per page and registers usually have multiple entries on each page. County clerks generally used the same printed form during the same time periods. The records are arranged by county, then by volume and year range.

Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred. Civil marriage records were also created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.

The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of the groom
  • Name of the bride
  • Title of bride and groom (such as Mr., Mrs., or Miss)
  • Names of the officiator and title (such as Reverend or Minister)
  • Date of the marriage
  • Place of marriage
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Residence of bride and groom
  • Names of parents or legal guardians
  • Residence of parents or legal guardians

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

This table shows the number of record in this collection for each county. To search a specific county click the link in the Search column.

County Records Search
Anderson 28,326 Search Anderson
Andrews 0 Search Andrews
Angelina 8,890 Search Angelina
Aransas 910 Search Aransas
Archer 2,308 Search Archer
Armstrong 0 Search Armstrong
Atascosa 3,602 Search Atascosa
Austin 19,213 Search Austin
Bailey 0 Search Bailey
Bandera 1,841 Search Bandera
Bastrop 19,688 Search Bastrop
Baylor 0 Search Baylor
Bee 2,473 Search Bee
Bell 29,872 Search Bell
Bexar 1,313 Search Bexar
Blanco 1,976 Search Blanco
Borden 0 Search Borden
Bosque 12,256 Search Bosque
Bowie 0 Search Bowie
Brazoria 8,833 Search Brazoria
Brazos 10,603 Search Brazos
Brewster 7,212 Search Brewster
Briscoe 0 Search Briscoe
Brooks 0 Search Brooks
Brown 12,318 Search Brown
Burleson 10,651 Search Burleson
Burnet 6,561 Search Burnet
Caldwell 12,664 Search Caldwell
Calhoun 2,301 Search Calhoun
Callahan 0 Search Callahan
Cameron 8,419 Search Cameron
Camp 0 Search Camp
Carson 0 Search Carson
Cass 16,137 Search Cass
Castro 0 Search Castro
Chambers 1,168 Search Chambers
Cherokee 25,089 Search Cherokee
Childress 0 Search Childress
Clay 9,991 Search Clay
Cochran 0 Search Cochran
Coke 1,684 Search Coke
Coleman 0 Search Coleman
Collin 17,802 Search Collin
Collingsworth 0 Search Collingsworth
Colorado 11,442 Search Colorado
Comal 19,757 Search Comal
Comanche 0 Search Comanche
Concho 0 Search Concho
Cooke 26,493 Search Cooke
Coryell 12,211 Search Coryell
Cottle 0 Search Cottle
Crane 0 Search Crane
Crockett 0 Search Crockett
Crosby 0 Search Crosby
Culberson 0 Search Culberson
Dallam 0 Search Dallam
Dallas 0 Search Dallas
Dawson 7,984 Search Dawson
Deaf Smith 0 Search Deaf Smith
Delta 7,193 Search Delta
Denton 7,674 Search Denton
DeWitt 10,318 Search DeWitt
Dickens 0 Search Dickens
Dimmit 914 Search Dimmit
Donley 0 Search Donley
Duval 2,317 Search Duval
Eastland 0 Search Eastland
Ector 7,081 Search Ector
Edwards 0 Search Edwards
El Paso 38,082 Search El Paso
Ellis 33,018 Search Ellis
Erath 15,645 Search Erath
Falls 16,160 Search Falls
Fannin 31,325 Search Fannin
Fayette 23,323 Search Fayette
Fisher 5,718 Search Fisher
Floyd 0 Search Floyd
Foard 0 Search Foard
Fort Bend 7,839 Search Fort Bend
Franklin 5,593 Search Franklin
Freestone 9,066 Search Freestone
Frio 2,916 Search Frio
Gaines 0 Search Gaines
Galveston 6,153 Search Galveston
Garza 3,380 Search Garza
Gillespie 4,952 Search Gillespie
Glasscock 0 Search Glasscock
Goliad 2,465 Search Goliad
Gonzales 12,201 Search Gonzales
Gray 0 Search Gray
Grayson 3,540 Search Grayson
Gregg 13,622 Search Gregg
Grimes 13,915 Search Grimes
Guadalupe 6,096 Search Guadalupe
Hale 0 Search Hale
Hall 0 Search Hall
Hamilton 7,445 Search Hamilton
Hansford 0 Search Hansford
Hardeman 0 Search Hardeman
Hardin 2,262 Search Hardin
Harris 12,170 Search Harris
Harrison 28,354 Search Harrison
Hartley 0 Search Hartley
Haskell 9,214 Search Haskell
Hays 1,118 Search Hays
Hemphill 0 Search Hemphill
Henderson 18,873 Search Henderson
Hidalgo 786 Search Hidalgo
Hill 32,326 Search Hill
Hockley 0 Search Hockley
Hood 4,162 Search Hood
Hopkins 19,956 Search Hopkins
Houston 4,408 Search Houston
Howard 0 Search Howard
Hudspeth 0 Search Hudspeth
Hunt 17,078 Search Hunt
Hutchinson 0 Search Hutchinson
Irion 0 Search Irion
Jack 0 Search Jack
Jackson 1,804 Search Jackson
Jasper 4,169 Search Jasper
Jeff Davis 0 Search Jeff Davis
Jefferson 35,161 Search Jefferson
Jim Hogg 0 Search Jim Hogg
Jim Wells 0 Search Jim Wells
Johnson 22,522 Search Johnson
Jones 0 Search Jones
Karnes 2,875 Search Karnes
Kaufman 15,301 Search Kaufman
Kendall 13 Search Kendall
Kenedy 0 Search Kenedy
Kent 0 Search Kent
Kerr 2,396 Search Kerr
Kimble 0 Search Kimble
King 0 Search King
Kinney 1,553 Search Kinney
Kleberg 0 Search Kleberg
Knox 2,690 Search Knox
La Salle 0 Search La Salle
Lamar 8,341 Search Lamar
Lamb 0 Search Lamb
Lampasas 6,429 Search Lampasas
Lavaca 10,770 Search Lavaca
Lee 5,985 Search Lee
Leon 3,973 Search Leon
Liberty 3,553 Search Liberty
Limestone 551 Search Limestone
Lipscomb 0 Search Lipscomb
Live Oak 12 Search Live Oak
Llano 2,566 Search Llano
Loving 145 Search Loving
Lubbock 13,225 Search Lubbock
Lynn 5,371 Search Lynn
Madison 8,768 Search Madison
Marion 7,780 Search Marion
Martin 0 Search Martin
Mason 0 Search Mason
Matagorda 2,075 Search Matagorda
Maverick 2,795 Search Maverick
McCulloch 0 Search McCulloch
McLennan 30,569 Search McLennan
McMullen 122 Search McMullen
Medina 539 Search Medina
Menard 0 Search Menard
Midland 0 Search Midland
Milam 26,489 Search Milam
Mills 0 Search Mills
Mitchell 0 Search Mitchell
Montague 7,834 Search Montague
Montgomery 1,546 Search Montgomery
Moore 0 Search Moore
Morris 0 Search Morris
Motley 0 Search Motley
Nacogdoches 17,743 Search Nacogdoches
Navarro 0 Search Navarro
Newton 1,096 Search Newton
Nolan 0 Search Nolan
Nueces 611 Search Nueces
Ochiltree 0 Search Ochiltree
Oldham 0 Search Oldham
Orange 2,634 Search Orange
Palo Pinto 0 Search Palo Pinto
Panola 0 Search Panola
Parker 0 Search Parker
Parmer 0 Search Parmer
Pecos 0 Search Pecos
Polk 8,118 Search Polk
Potter 0 Search Potter
Presidio 0 Search Presidio
Rains 0 Search Rains
Randall 0 Search Randall
Reagan 0 Search Reagan
Real 0 Search Real
Red River 7,223 Search Red River
Reeves 419 Search Reeves
Refugio 77 Search Refugio
Roberts 0 Search Roberts
Robertson 0 Search Robertson
Rockwall 0 Search Rockwall
Runnels 0 Search Runnels
Rusk 5,076 Search Rusk
Sabine 128 Search Sabine
San Augustine 1,382 Search San Augustine
San Jacinto 2,356 Search San Jacinto
San Patricio 1,198 Search San Patricio
San Saba 0 Search San Saba
Schleicher 0 Search Schleicher
Scurry 0 Search Scurry
Shackelford 0 Search Shackelford
Shelby 0 Search Shelby
Sherman 0 Search Sherman
Smith 0 Search Smith
Somervell 439 Search Somervell
Starr 5,037 Search Starr
Stephens 0 Search Stephens
Sterling 0 Search Sterling
Stonewall 0 Search Stonewall
Sutton 0 Search Sutton
Swisher 0 Search Swisher
Tarrant 0 Search Tarrant
Taylor 0 Search Taylor
Terrell 0 Search Terrell
Terry 0 Search Terry
Throckmorton 0 Search Throckmorton
Titus 0 Search Titus
Tom Green 0 Search Tom Green
Travis 1,054 Search Travis
Trinity 245 Search Trinity
Tyler 261 Search Tyler
Upshur 0 Search Upshur
Upton 0 Search Upton
Uvalde 3,054 Search Uvalde
Val Verde 0 Search Val Verde
Van Zandt 0 Search Van Zandt
Victoria 0 Search Victoria
Walker 1,471 Search Walker
Waller 337 Search Waller
Ward 0 Search Ward
Washington 0 Search Washington
Webb 2,577 Search Webb
Wharton 0 Search Wharton
Wheeler 0 Search Wheeler
Wichita 0 Search Wichita
Wilbarger 0 Search Wilbarger
Willacy 0 Search Willacy
Williamson 4,657 Search Williamson
Wilson 147 Search Wilson
Winkler 0 Search Winkler
Wise 0 Search Wise
Wood 0 Search Wood
Yoakum 0 Search Yoakum
Young 0 Search Young
Zapata 0 Search Zapata
Zavala 299 Search Zavala

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. The list does not contain any description of the DGS folder's content. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at Texas County Marriage Records Digital Folder Number List.

How Do I Search These Records?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The location
  • Date of event

Texas County Marriage Index, 1837-1977[edit | edit source]

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965[edit | edit source]

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:
  1. Look at the Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records. (Make sure that if it’s a marriage article, you take the word marriage out, if it’s a birth article, take the word birth out, etc.)
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records
  • Consult the Texas Record Finder to find other records

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Texas.

Known Issues[edit | edit source]

Click here for a list of known issues with this collection.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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