By Kimberly Powell | About.com
Sarah Franklin Trotter on her wedding day circa 1958.
Discover your ancestors in these free online marriage databases and indexes. Some even offer digitized copies of the original marriage records for online viewing.
This free index links to numerous online marriage databases and indexes from across the Web, for the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Plus, the site maintains many smaller marriage database transcriptions contributed by volunteers. Links to marriage records on pay or subscription sites are also included in this directory, but are clearly marked. More »
The majority of the marriage entries from the Civil Registration Index for England and Wales have been transcribed and put online by a diligent group of volunteers. Almost all years are completed, rom 1837-1929, with the majority of the marriage entries not yet transcribed from the 1910-1929 period. Marriage index entries prior to 1912 to not give the surname of the spouse. For these marriage entries, click on the page number to see the names of the other’s listed on the same page. Depending on the year, there will be names of up to 4 to 8 people who could be the spouse of he person you are interested in. More »
More than 3 million records from 450 Polish towns have already been indexed by this volunteer project, with more being added each month. The majority of these index entries come from vital registers, including marriage records, from the early 1800s through the early 1900s. More »
This free searchable online marriage index covers a number of West Virginia counties and years, from the late 1700s to 1970. Coverage is not consistent, but the marriage records currently available are clearly indicated. Once you find a name in the index you can view further details and even an image of the original marriage record. More »
So many people run off to Vegas to get married, that this marriage database is sure to appeal to peeople outside of Nevada as well. Search by the name of the bride or groom, the marriage certificate number, or the instrument number to find indexed entries in this free online marriage index from Clark County, Nevada. More »
More than one million marriages occuring prior to 1901 are indexed in this database from the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Illinois State Archives. Sources for the indexed marriages include original county clerks’ marriage records, as well as published records of county genealogical societesand pivate individuals. The index includes the name of the bride and groom, the date of the marriage or issuance of the license, the name of the county in which the marriage took place, and the volume and page number for register or file number for licenses. More »
The Italian Genealogical Group has a wonderful free database of indexes to over 1,825,000 marriages recorded by the New York City Health Department for the five Boroughs of New York City from 1908 to 1936, along with additional marriages for Brooklyn (1864-1907) and Manhattan (1866-1907). This database is indexed by Grooms only, the there is also a separate NYC Brides Marriage Record Index for selected years (not complete) of the Bronx, Kings, Manhattan, Richmond and Queens County brides’ marriage records. More »