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Kentucky County Marriage Records, 1797-1954 (FamilySearch)

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  • Title Kentucky County Marriage Records, 1797-1954 (FamilySearch) 
    Short Title Kentucky County Marriage Records, 1797-1954 
    Publisher FamilySearch 
    Source ID S235 
    Text "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954." Database with Images. FamilySearch.

    This Collection includes records from 1797 to 1954.

    Most of this collection consists of marriage licenses and certificates, including a few marriage declarations, birth records, and death records.

    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.

    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 they were recorded as handwritten entries in preprinted volumes.

    Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the County 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. 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. The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom. 
    Linked to Family: William Harvey MILLER/Vitula LEWIS (F1935)
    Family: Hulbert H MAYS/Della Mae SMITH (F5641)