North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 is a free collection at FamilySearch for civil marriage records from the state of North Carolina. These include county marriage bonds and marriage certificates and some images.

 

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What Can I Learn from North Carolina Death and Burial Records

North Carolina marriage bonds may include:

  • Names of bondsmen (one is usually groom)
  • Name of bride
  • Date of bond
  • Place of residence of bride and groom
  • Normally the bond was supposed to be filed in the county where the bride resided
  • Parent’s names were occasionally given on bonds from the 1850’s and 1860’s

 

North Carolina marriage certificates may include:

  • Name of groom
  • Name of bride
  • County of residence
  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Date of license
  • Date of marriage
  • By whom married
  • Place of marriage
  • Witnesses

 

North Carolina marriage licenses may include:

  • Name of groom
  • Name of bride
  • Names of parents of bride and groom
  • Places of residence of bride and groom
  • Date of license
  • Place where license was issued
  • Date married (if a marriage then took place)
  • Person performing marriage
  • Age of bride and groom (on later licenses after about 1872)
  • Race of bride and groom (on later licenses after about 1872)
  • Date of birth (on later certificates)
  • Whether parents were living (on later certificates)

 

How Can Civil Marriage Records Help Me Find Other Records?

With North Carolina Marriage Records information you may be able to:

  • Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the marriage records.
  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple’s birth records and parents’ names
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
  • Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • 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
  • 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

 

 

 

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