North Carolina Marriage Records

Enter a first and/or last name to search North Carolina marriage records. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to the North Carolina marriage records from a single place. Additional information on how to obtain North Carolina marriage certificates is available below.

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North Carolina marriage records

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 North Carolina marriage records, North Carolina marriage licenses, North Carolina marriage indexes, North Carolina marriage announcements, and other related North Carolina 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 North Carolina. We also suggest searching for "North Carolina marriage records" using Google.com, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain North Carolina Marriage Certificates

North Carolina began requiring statewide registration of births and deaths in March, 1913. Compliance was considered full by 1920. Marriage records are found recorded with the Register of Deeds in each county after 1868. Prior to that time marriages could be solemnized by numerous authorities, so records were sporadically kept. Marriage bonds are available for about half of the counties, and some marriages will be found in almost every county.

For birth records after 1913, write:

North Carolina Dept. Of Environment
Health and Natural Resources
Vital Records Section
225 North McDowell Street
P.O. Box 29537
Raleigh, NC 27626-0537

For prior records, write to the clerk of the county in question.

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