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North Carolina, 1850-1900 Marriage Index

    North Carolina, 1850-1900 Marriage Index
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About the Data
This data set contains information on approximately 126,000 individuals who were married between 1850 and 1900 in select North Carolina counties. Fully indexed, it is a valuable resource because it brings together previously uncollected marriage records and provides easy access to information that you would otherwise have to obtain from local sources.

Information was collected from the following North Carolina counties and time periods:
Ashe, 1851-1889 (1,311)    Haywood, 1851-1870 (1,877)
Bertie, 1851-1898 (1,064) Johnston, 1851-1868 (1,950)
Brunswick, 1852-1867 (942) Madison, 1851-1869 (1,686)
Burke, 1851-1869 (639) McDowell, 1851-1877 (1,236)
Cabarrus, 1851-1868 (2,810) Mecklenburg, 1851-1867
Caldwell, 1851-1875 (2,577) Montgomery, 1851-1882 (925)
Carteret, 1851-1868 (2,296) Nash, 1851-1868 (2,512)
Caswell, 1851-1872 (2,957) New Hanover, 1850-1868 (3,203)
Catawba, 1851-1867 (433) Onslow, 1851-1867 (2,423)
Chatham, 1851-1867 (97) Orange, 1850-1877 (3,698)
Chowan, 1851-1869 (1,239) Pasquotank, 1850-1867 (1,864)
Craven, 1851-1893 (2,057) Person, 1851-1870 (1,902)
Cumberland, 1851-1900 (4,266) Randolph, 1851-1868 (3,518)
Davidson, 1851-1893 (3,367) Robeson, 1851-1899 (3,353)
Davie, 1851-1893 (1,758)   Rockingham, 1851-1869 (3,384)
Duplin, 1851-1897 (328)   Rowan, 1851-1900 (19,516)
Edgecombe, 1851-1868 (2,796)   Rutherford, 1851-1868 (2,164)
Gaston, 1851-1852 (38)   Surry, 1851-1886 (3,037)
Gates, 1851-1868 (1,783)   Union, 1850-1887 (13,464)
Granville, 1851-1869 (6,631)   Warren, 1851-1867 (1,706)
Guilford, 1851-1886 (5,216)   Wilkes, 1851-1869 (1,556)
Halifax, 1850-1869 (3,709)    

You can learn the following information about an individual listed in
this data set:
Full name
Name of spouse
Marriage date
Marriage location
Family History Library microfilm roll number on which you may be able
to learn more information about the marriage

After 1868, it was the responsibility of a county's register of deeds to issue marriage licenses. Record of marriages between 1868 and 1962 can be found with the register of deeds in the county where the marriage took place. In addition, most of the marriage records from 1868 to 1950 have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library. For those individuals married after 1868, you may be able to learn a great deal of additional information by researching the original marriage license and its accompanying certificate. This information often includes:

Age of the bride and groom when married
Parents' names
Whether or not the bride's and groom's parents were living at the
time of the wedding
Parents' residences
Residences of the bride and groom
Specific location where the wedding occurred

For the most part, a Family History Library microfilm roll is referenced with each marriage record included in this data set. You may wish to use this information to obtain the microfilm roll and verify the information included here or expand upon it.

North Carolina's Division of Health Services holds marriage records for marriage that occurred after 1962. Occasionally, a marriage may be listed more than once in this data set. This is to provide you with as much information as possible about a marriage. When two listings are available for a couple, it is most likely because one listing notes the filing of a marriage application while the other notes the actual marriage license. A couple would be listed twice, for example, if:
They filed for an application in one location and were married in another
Different dates are noted on an application and a license
Names were spelled differently on an application and a license

More About this Data Set
The information included on this data set is described in more detail below.

Name — In some records, you will find three question marks in place of the given name or surname. This indicates that the name was not listed on the original record. You may also find question marks in place of missing letters.

A question mark after a name indicates that the name spelling was unclear. You may also occasionally find the same record listed in the index under two different name spellings. Please note that not all unusual and uncertain names were noted by question marks, so always be sure to check under various spellings if you are having trouble locating a name.

Spouse — This field lists the name of the individual's spouse.

Marriage Date — Please note that the dates listed for each entry is most often a couple's marriage date. However, when no marriage date was given, the date of the license was substituted.

County — This is the county where the marriage was recorded.

Location of records — This tells you the Family History Library microfilm, microfiche, or book in which you may be able to find out additional information about your ancestors' wedding or verify the information listed here. It is important to note that, while microfilm can be borrowed from your local Family History Library, books and microfiche are usually not loaned out.

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