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Learn how to get more details out of your family’s marriage records.
Take the facts you learn from marriage records and see what else you can learn.
Trace the bride’s side of the family
Look for announcements in newspapers
Find family members, friends and neighbors
Discover earlier events in the area
Learn how to search outside the U.S. for your family’s marriages.
Look for ancestors with international birthplaces
Check for clues about marital status when they arrived
Tip: Married couples with children often immigrated separately allowing the husband to settle first.
Review dates in records you previously found for clues to multiple marriages.
Note the difference in age of the husband and wife in 1930
Compare their difference in age at first marriage
If the difference in their ages in 1930 doesn’t match their difference in ages at first marriage, you may want to look for previous marriages.
The men and women, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers in your story all led to the same thing: you.
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Follow him, along with his new wife, forward through census records.
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Use her maiden name to look back at her life in earlier records.
Look for newspaper announcements in the weeks before and after the wedding.
Certificate or file number (when available)
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