Enter a first and/or last name to search Maine marriage records. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to the Maine marriage records from a single place. Additional information on how to obtain Maine marriage certificates is available below.
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Marriage records contain information about the marriage of two people, including the date of marriage, place of marriage, sometimes the names of the mothers and fathers, and even the people who witnessed the marriage. Marriage certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residences, and perhaps even the maiden names of the mothers.
This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing Maine marriage records, Maine marriage licenses, Maine marriage indexes, Maine marriage announcements, and other related Maine genealogy records.
Marriage records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the marriage takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store marriage records into various online archives. This has brought access to online marriage records much more easier for genealogy researchers.
Newspapers frequently publish notices of marriages, and in addition to marriage certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists.
On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing marriage records of Maine. We also suggest searching for "Maine marriage records" using Google.com, which will yield all such databases.
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How to Obtain Maine Marriage Certificates
By the eighteenth century, over 200 towns were recording the vital events of birth, marriage, and death. They continued reasonably well until Maine became a separate state in 1820. Following statehood, records were not consistently kept at first, but most towns do have good records of marriage intentions and births. After 1864, state legislation required that town clerks forward births, deaths, and marriages to the secretary of state, though there was not total compliance. By 1892, the State Board of Vital Statistics was established and mandatory recording became a reality. In addition to records available at the town clerk's office, vital records are now divided between the following repositories:
For birth, marriage and death records from 1923, write:
Maine Department of Human Services
For earlier records, write:
Maine State Archives
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