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Texas, Church Marriages, 1845-1957
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Texas, 
United States
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Location of Texas
Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1845-1947
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What Is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes images of an index of selected marriages from various churches throughout the state of Texas for the years 1845-1957. Most of the records are from the Catholic Church. Many marriages recorded in the South, are separated by race in volumes, books, or registers. Be sure to check to determine if you have the right set of marriage records.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, Church Marriages, 1845-1957.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Marriage records may contain the following information for both bride and groom:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Birth year
  • Birth place
  • Parents’ names
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Marital status
  • Race
  • Previous spouse
  • Title
  • DGS number
  • File number
  • Page/Volume/Entry/Certificate number

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

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The name of a spouse or date of the event

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page. br>

  1. Select County
  2. Select Church and Parish
  3. Select Town Record Type and Year Range

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]

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.

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

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and death records
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records


Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Texas, Church Marriages, 1845-1957." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing various churches.

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