Washington Marriage Records

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

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

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How to Obtain Washington Marriage Certificates

Prior to 1891, Washington had no legislative provision for the recording of births and deaths. However, some counties and cities did record births and deaths prior to that time. Between 1891 and 1907, birth and death registers were kept on the county level. The filing of marriages with county officials has been required by law since the creation of Washington Territory in 1853. Post 1907 vital records in the state Office of Vital Records in Olympia are not open to the public for research.

For birth and death records from 1 July 1907 and marriage records from 1 January 1968, write:

Department of Health
Center for Health Statistics
P.O. Box 9709
Olympia, WA 98507-9709

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

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