Tennessee Civil Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Tennessee Civil Marriages, 1838-1888
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection is an index to selected county marriages for the years from 1838-1888. Counties included in this collection are Crockett, Benton, Sevier, Davidson, and Lauderdale. Some information on slaves at the Hermitage (1845-1877) are also included.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Marriage date
- Marriage place
- Estimated birth year
- Parents’ names
- Previous spouses
- Marital status
- Titles and terms
- Page/Volume/Entry/Certificate number
- DGS number
|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.|
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Coverage Map[edit | edit source]
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Tennessee marriages, click here.
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 marriage
- The place where the marriage occurred
- The name of the intended spouse
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- 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. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. 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 marriage index information to locate the original marriage certificate in the county records
- Search for other vital records, such as birth and death
- Search for the family in census 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
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
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Tennessee.
- Tennessee Guided Research
- Tennessee Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
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.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]
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