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Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1943
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Virginia, 
United States
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Location of Virginia
Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1771-1943
FamilySearch Resources
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Multiple County Clerks, Virginia


What Is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains marriage records from county courthouses. The records include indexes, registers, bonds, licenses, and returns.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

As of 28 January 2021 this collection contained records from the following counties. Counties where no records are included are not listed. 105 records from West Virginia are also included in this collection. these counties are: Barbour (1), Fayette (1), Kanawha (96), Mason (2), McDowell (1), Raleigh (1), Upshur (1), and Wood (1). Owing to privacy restrictions not all records may be visible.

Place Type Records
Accomack County 772
Albemarle County 1
Alexandria Independent City 1
Amelia County 6
Amherst County 27,354
Appomattox County 4
Arlington County 1
Bedford County 9,616
Botetourt County 1
Brunswick County 4
Buchanan County 3
Buckingham County 13
Buena Vista Independent City 3
Campbell County 1
Charles City County 1
Charlotte County 2
Charlottesville Independent City 4
Chesapeake Independent City 1
Chesterfield County 1,283
Clifton Forge Independent City 3
Culpeper County 1
Cumberland County 777
Danville Independent City 1
Dinwiddie County 15,298
Fairfax County 4
Fairfax Independent City 4
Fauquier County 2
Fluvanna County 7
Franklin County 1
Gloucester County 1
Goochland County 2
Grayson County 1
Greensville County 1
Hanover County 2
Henrico County 3
Henry County 8,213
Highland County 2
Isle of Wight County 13
King and Queen County 1
Lee County 2
Loudoun County 1
Louisa County 330
Lynchburg Independent City 176
Madison County 1
Mecklenburg County 49,411
Middlesex County 4,732
Montgomery County 1
Nelson County 10
Newport News Independent City 1
Norfolk Independent City 28
Northampton County 14
Nottoway County 3
Orange County 1
Petersburg Independent City 1
Pittsylvania County 5
Portsmouth Independent City 15,441
Powhatan County 7
Prince Edward County 88
Prince William County 1
Richmond County 141
Roanoke County 3
Rockbridge County 4,411
Rockingham County 1
Russell County 6
Scott County 2
Southampton County 6
Suffolk Independent City 6,850
Tazewell County 6
Washington County 33
Westmoreland County 1
Winchester Independent City 1
Wythe County 1

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection contains a digital browse. Only the DGS numbers are displayed. Clicking the link in the DGS column will open a new window where you can see the images.

DGS Film Item County Office Type Start Year End Year
7541286 1902188 1 Accomack Circuit Court Minute book 1896 1896
7541286 1902188 2 Accomack Justices of the Peace Minute book 1842 1844
7541286 1902188 3-7 Accomack Circuit Court Administrator and executor bonds 1784 1798
7541309 2070184 1 Nansemond County Court Deed Book 1900 1900
7541309 2070184 2 Nansemond County Court Will Book 1892 1900
7541309 2070184 3 Nansemond County Court Marriage Index 1900 1910
7541309 2070184 3 Nansemond County Court Marriage Register 1900 1910
7580067 1870816 Mecklenburg County Court Marriage Licences 1877 1881

What Can This Collection Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in the records:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Ages (some later records also give birth date)
  • Birthplaces
  • Marital status
  • Residence of bride and groom
  • Occupations
  • Name of the clerk or the person performing the marriage
  • Name of the parents of the bride and groom

How Do I Search the Collection?[edit | edit source]

To use these records it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person at the time of marriage
  • The name of the intended spouse
  • The approximate date of marriage
  • The place where the marriage took place

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:

  1. Look at the Digital Folder Number List section to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Collection Browse Page
  3. Click the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • If available, check the image for additional information
  • Analyze the entry to see if it provides additional clues to find other records of the person or their family
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Virginia.

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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