American Samoa Marriages - What else you can try

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This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find marriage information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the marriage section of the American Samoa Guided Research page.

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Substitute Records

Additional Records with Marriage Information

Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for marriage events may not have been created at the time of the marriage. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.

Use these additional records to locate marriage information about your ancestor:
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Census records may list a couple in the same household as married.
Church Records
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Church records can be a good place to search for marriage records

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Tips for finding marriages

Successfully finding marriage records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:

  • Hispanic people traditionally had two surnames. The first is the father's first surname, and the second is the mother's first surname. Try searching by either just the paternal or the maternal surname.
  • Upon marriage, a woman often drops her second surname, replacing it with her husband's first surname, and inserting a "de" between the two.
  • Your ancestor’s name and surname may have had many different spelling variations.
  • If you are not finding what you’re looking for, try using wildcard characters. That is, use an asterisk * to replace one or more characters.
  • Try searching surrounding areas. Your ancestors may have been married in another town than where they lived later in life.
  • Be flexible with year searches. Give a year range of about 2-3 years on either side of the believed year of the event.

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American Samoa became a territory of the United States in 1900. For records prior to 1900 try searching in Samoa or American Samoa Oral Genealogies.

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