Find your ancestors in marriage records published in newspapers. Read engagement & wedding announcements, see bride & groom pictures and discover their wedding day details in our online newspaper archives.
|1||Names of the bride and groom|
|2||Names of other family members and their places of residence|
|3||Name and location of the church|
|4||Date of the wedding|
|5||Reference to where the couple will live|
|6||Names, addresses and hometown of the parents|
|7||Biographical information about the bride and groom|
|8||Names of the wedding party members|
|9||Plus! Often you can find a picture of the bride that may be the only photo you can find of her at this age|
Marriage Records Search Tips
Use this search to find announcements for engagements and weddings in the historical newspaper archives. This online collection contains marriage records as published in U.S. newspapers from 1714–1999.
Broad Marriage Record Search
Try searching for marriage announcements with the surname of one spouse in the Surname field and the other surname in the Include Keywords field. Follow up by searching only the groom’s surname.
Additional Tips to Search Marriage Records
Try to think of information that may have appeared in the original marriage announcement and use those terms. Do you know the name of the clergy member performing the wedding, or the name of the religious denomination? If so, focus your search on those terms.
"Lutheran" in the Include Keywords field and a Date Range of "1878."
You may also try entering the name of the church or chapel where the wedding ceremony was held in the Include Keywords field.
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