How to Find Texas Marriage Records

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Finding Texas Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

  • Pre-1837 marriages were recorded by the Catholic Church
  • Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and usually begin at the creation of the county
  • In Texas, duplicate copies are not sent to the Department of State Health Services

Next Step: When did the marriage occur? [edit | edit source]

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Marriages Before 1837[edit | edit source]

  • Pre-statehood marriages were recorded by the Catholic Church

Before 1837, no marriages were recorded by the county or state. First, check marriages recorded by the Catholic Church. If your ancestor does not appear in Catholic records, you must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s marriage date and place.

  Records that give marriage information:
Newspapers
Bible Records
Church Records
Military Records

For marriages that exist during the time period, try the following:

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index[edit | edit source]

Marriage Index
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
Findmypast, United States Marriages, 1802-2010 On Findmypast ($) index and some images
Ancestry, Marriages, 1824-2014 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 12,788,808
Texas, County Marriages, 1817-1965 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 2,083,033
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Other records with marriage information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate[edit | edit source]

If you did not find your ancestor in the above database, follow the instructions below:

PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

  • If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the county clerk.
  • If you don't know the date or county of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in other records.

PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records

  • Order a copy of a marriage record for a fee from the county clerk.

OR

  • View a copy of a marriage record on microfilm at a Family Search Center:

Some images of county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the FamilySearch Catalog to see what is available.

  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • Some microfilm may be available to view at a local FamilySearch Center.
Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

Marriages 1837 to Present[edit | edit source]

  • Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and usually begin at the creation of the county
  • In Texas, duplicate copies are not sent to the Department of State Health Services

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index[edit | edit source]

Marriage Indexes and Digital Images
Database Name - Index and Image Link or links to access database # of records
Findmypast, United States Marriages, 1802-2010 On Findmypast ($) index and some images
Ancestry, Texas, County Marriages, 1817-1965 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 2,083,033
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1837-1965 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 187,126
Ancestry, Texas, Select County Marriage Records, 1837-2015 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription Undisclosed
If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
Ancestry, Marriages, 1824-2014 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 12,788,808
FamilySearch, Marriage Index, 1837-1973 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 2,099,675
FamilySearch, Marriage Index, 1837-1977 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years. Also on Ancestry $ free at family history centers 365,805
FamilySearch, Marriage Index, 1966-2010 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years. Also on MyHeritage $, and HiddenAncestors 7,606,159
VitalSearch, Marriage Index, 1967-2011 $, On VitalSearch Undisclosed
Can't access Ancestry? Visit your local family history center or your local public library.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Search other records with marriage information.

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate[edit | edit source]

If you did not find your ancestor in the above database, follow the instructions below:

PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

  • If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the county clerk.
  • If you don't know the date or county of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in other records.

PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records

  • Order a copy of a marriage record for a fee from the county clerk.

OR

  • View a copy of a marriage record on microfilm at a Family Search Center:

Some images of county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the FamilySearch Catalog to see what is available.

  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • Some microfilm may be available to view at a local FamilySearch Center.
Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

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