How to find recent marriage certificate records

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How to find recent marriage certificate records
Finding records has never been easier than it is today, since most courts are making public records available online (birth marriage and death image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com)

While it is still possible to find paper marriage certificates, finding legal documents is getting easier with advances in Internet technology. It is now possible to look up just about anyone in the U.S. on a variety of search engines. What's more, courthouses across the country are making public records accessible online for all to see. How you decide to look for a recent marriage certificate will depend on your personal preference.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Names of the bride and groom (including maiden name)
  • Date of wedding
  • Location of wedding

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Visit the county courthouse where the marriage took place. For a small fee, you can pick up a copy of the certificate that same day.

  2. 2

    Write to the Vital Records office of the state where the marriage took place (See References 1). You will need to have the names of the bride and groom, the date and location of the wedding, your relationship to them and your purpose for requesting the certificate. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope so the office can mail you a copy of the certificate (See References 1).

  3. 3

    Order a marriage certificate online. Ancestry.com offers a vital records ordering service (See Resources for link). You will need to include all names for the bride and groom, the location and date of the marriage and your billing address.

Tips and warnings

  • Be aware that most websites who order records for you will charge a fee for their services on top of the small fee charged by the records office.

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