“Prior to 1868, North Carolina marriages were contracted by either posting a bond or publishing banns. Approximately two thirds of marriages took place by publishing banns because this method was easier and less costly. Publishing banns in church created no public record. An 1868 court reform and change in the state constitution changed the law so that marriage certificates became the only official public record of a marriage. North Carolina marriage certificates starting in 1868 may be found at the county Register of Deeds in the county in which the marriage took place. This was often the home county of the bride.”
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