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The dates covered by this collection are 1790 to 1950.
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== What Is in This Collection? == 
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Indexes and images of marriage registers, licenses, bonds, and certificates acquired from local courthouses. Additional records will be added as they are completed.
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These records cover the years 1790 to 1950.
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=== Image Visibility ===
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=== To Browse This Collection ===
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{{Collection Browse Link |CID=CID1619127  |title= Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950 }}
  
== Record History ==
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== What Can This Collection Tell Me? ==
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The following information may be found in these records:
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'''Marriage bonds'''
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*Name of the groom 
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*Name of the bride 
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*Names of the officiator and witnesses 
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*Date of the marriage 
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*Date of bond 
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'''Marriage'''
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*Date and place of marriage 
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*Name and age of the groom 
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*Name and age of the bride 
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*Sometimes, name of person giving consent 
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*Name of the officiator 
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*Names of witnesses 
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*Residences of the bride and groom
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Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.
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{{HR Tip|'''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.}}
  
=== Why This Record Was Created ===
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== Collection Content ==
  
Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.
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=== Sample Images  ===
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Image:Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 (09-0146)(09-0147)(10-0114) Bond DGS 200316_275.jpg|1911 Marriage Bond
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Image:Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 (09-0146)(09-0147)(10-0114) Record DGS 467487_525.jpg|1935 Marriage Record
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=== Record Reliability ===
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==How Do I Search This Collection? ==   
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor
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*The approximate date of marriage
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*The place where the marriage occurred
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*The name of the intended spouse
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=== Search the Index ===
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the '''{{RecordSearch|1619127|Browse Page|access=browse}}''':
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# Select '''County'''
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# Select '''Record Type, Year Range, and Volume number or letter''' to view the images.
  
The marriage date, place, and residence of the bride and groom are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age&nbsp;is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.
 
  
== Record Description ==
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{{HR Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1619127 Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
Most of this collection consists of marriage licenses and certificates, including a few marriage declarations and marriage stubs
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
  
The records are arranged by county, then by volume and year range. The form type varies between register style and certificate style. County clerks usually used the same printed form during the same time periods. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some records.
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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 [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log |research log]].
  
The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page. Later records were handwritten on preprinted pages.
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== What Do I Do Next? ==   
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When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, Now What? === 
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*Add any new information to your records 
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*Use the age in the marriage records to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records
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*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married or died nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching the [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Tennessee_Vital_Records_Index vital records] in the state
  
=== Record Content  ===
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=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, Now What? ===        
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*Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the year and place, different records may be more useful                                                                                         
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well
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*Search the indexes and records at a nearby [https://www.familysearch.org/help/fhcenters/locations/ family history center]
  
'''The genealogical information found in most marriage bonds includes the following:'''<br>• Name of the groom <br>• Name of the bride, often including the maiden name of the bride <br>• Names of the officiator and witnesses <br>• Date of the marriage<br>• Date of bond<br>'''The genealogical information found in most marriage records includes the following:'''<br>• Name of the groom <br>• Name of the bride, often including the maiden name of the bride <br>• Names of the officiator and witnesses <br>• Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom <br>• Date of the marriage <br>• Birthplaces of the bride and groom <br>• Residences of the bride and groom <br>• Age of the bride and groom
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=== Research Helps ===
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The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of [[Tennessee, United States Genealogy|Tennessee]].
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* [[GuidedResearch:Tennessee|Tennessee Guided Research]]
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* [[Tennessee Record Finder]]
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* [[Tennessee Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
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* [[Step-by-Step Tennessee Research, 1880-Present|Step-by-Step Research]]
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== Citing This Collection ==
 
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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.
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to marriages make it possible to access a specific marriage record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:<br>• The county where the marriage occurred.<br>• The name of the person at the time of marriage.<br>• The approximate marriage date.<br>• The marriage place.<br>• The name of the intended spouse.
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Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the marriage records. Compare the information in the marriage record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
 
 
 
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. For example:<br>• Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information. <br>• Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.<br>• Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records. <br>• Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.<br>• The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties. <br>• 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. <br>• Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.<br>• Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.<br>• When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
 
 
Keep in mind:<br>• The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. <br>• Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.<br>• There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
 
 
 
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:<br>• Check for variant spellings of the surnames.<br>• Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known. <br>• Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. <br>• Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
== Related Web Sites  ==
 
 
 
<br>'''This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.'''
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles ==
 
 
 
<br>[[Tennessee_Vital_Records|Tennessee Vital Records]]
 
 
 
== <br>Sources of This Collection ==
 
 
 
"Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950," database, FamilySearch, 2010. Digital copies of originals housed in the clerks’ offices of the district courts in various counties throughout Tennessee. FHL microfilm, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
 
 
==== How to Cite Your Sources ====
 
 
 
[[How_to_Cite_FamilySearch_Collections|''For instructions on citing specific records or images within this collection.'']]
 
 
 
'''A full bibliographic record is available in the Family History Library Catalog.'''
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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What Is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Indexes and images of marriage registers, licenses, bonds, and certificates acquired from local courthouses. Additional records will be added as they are completed. These records cover the years 1790 to 1950.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images. For additional information about image restrictions see Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Marriage bonds

  • Name of the groom
  • Name of the bride
  • Names of the officiator and witnesses
  • Date of the marriage
  • Date of bond

Marriage

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name and age of the groom
  • Name and age of the bride
  • Sometimes, name of person giving consent
  • Name of the officiator
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residences of the bride and groom

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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 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]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select County
  2. Select Record Type, Year Range, and Volume number or letter 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 about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

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

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the age in the marriage records to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married or died nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching the vital records in the state

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

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the year and place, different records may be more useful
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well
  • Search the indexes and records at a nearby family history center

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:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.