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Tennessee Church Marriages, 1810-1965
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Location of Tennessee
Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1810-1964
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes an index and images of selected marriages. Many of the records are for Bradley and Lincoln counties.

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

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Name
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Witnesses
  • Name of Minister
  • Residence

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Tennessee Church Marriages, 1810-1965.

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of the marriage
  • The place where the marriage took place
  • The name of the intended spouse

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting 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

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. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

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

  • Use the church marriage information to locate the original marriage certificate in the County records
  • Marriage records sometimes show witnesses or bondsmen. In some cases, witnesses or bondsmen were relatives of the bride or groom. Remember to note those individuals because they may help identify the extended family
  • Couples were usually married in the locality where one or both parties were from. Search records from that locality for other information about the family such as marriages of siblings or the bride or groom’s birth records.
  • Marriage was often times both a religious and a civil contract. Search for records created by both jurisdictions because they may provide different information
  • If no age is listed try to determine the legal age of marriage for that jurisdiction. This will provide a minimum age for your ancestor at time of marriage
  • Many marriage forms state that the bride and groom were of a certain age (commonly 21 or 18 years old). This may not be your ancestor’s age but a statement that the couple is of legal age to marry
  • If the minister is named, you may be able to determine to which religion or congregation your ancestor belonged. This information can lead to more records about the family

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

  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they were married, then try searching the records of a nearby locality
  • If the bride and groom were from different localities try searching the records of both places for the marriage record. It was common for a couple to be married in the bride’s home town
  • Because marriage could be either a civil or religious event, try searching both church and civil records for the couple’s marriage record
  • Sometimes marriage records for a particular locality are missing. Try searching newspapers for an announcement of the marriage
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

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:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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