Florida Marriage Records
Under the Florida public records law (Sunshine Law) marriage records, along with dissolution 0f marriage (divorce) records are available to the public with no restrictions. Records of Florida marriages can be found in newspaper collections, official county marriage books, church registers, and old family Bibles, many of which have been put online.
Many of the County Clerks of Courts have made images of marriage licenses available through an official records search. The resulting image is not a certified copy but will be very useful in verifying a marriage and can be a nice addition to a scrapbook or family genealogy publication.
MyFloridaCounty.com has a free non-subscriber official document search that includes marriage records for various date ranges. Copies of records found can then be ordered. The links, addresses and dates of available records are included on each county page.
For copies of marriage records Florida Department of Health makes copies of marriage licenses from June 6, 1927 to the present . Earlier records are available from the Clerk of Courts in the county where the marriage took place. (These addresses and date of marriage records available are included on the county pages.) How to get a copy of a Florida marriage record.
Florida Statewide Records
- Florida Marriages, 1822-1850 -ancestry.com database
- Florida Marriages, 1851-75 -ancestry.com database
- Florida Marriage Collection, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001 -ancestry.com
- Florida Divorce Index, 1927-2001 -ancestry.com
- MS and FL, 1800-1900 Marriage Index on CD-ROM -genealogy.com
Florida Genealogy Resources:
- FLGenWeb Project -flgenweb.net
- Florida Census Records -CensusFinder
- Florida Genealogy Forum -genealogy.com
- Florida Genealogy Search -ancestorhunt.com
- Florida Genealogy Societies -censusfinder.com
- Florida Newspaper Search-genealogybank.com
- Florida RootsWeb Mailing List -rootsweb.com
- Find a County -rootsweb.com
- Free Mega Database Search -genwed.com
- GenForum Surname Boards -genealogy.com
- RootsWeb General Search -rootsweb.com
- Social Security Death Index -ancestry.com
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How to Apply for Florida Marriage Records and Licenses
Congratulations, you've decided that you're ready to get married. Marriage is a wonderful institution and means that you'll be with someone who cares for you for the rest of your life. Weddings are an absolutely amazing celebration of your love for one another, and if you're going to be getting married, there are a few things that you'll need to take care of. It doesn't matter if you're planning on a large wedding or a small one, if you're going to be getting married then you must obtain a marriage license.
What is a Marriage License?
For a very long time there was no such thing as marriage licenses. People simply got married or stayed together for a very long time and were happy. In the 1200s, the church realized that a method was needed to ensure that everyone claiming to be married really was. So the church, with the agreement of the government, decided on the use of marriage licenses. It wasn't until the 1400's, though, that they were put into action.
Getting a Marriage License
In today's time then, if you're going to be married you must get a marriage license. In fact, in every state of the United States, it is necessary to have a marriage license in order to get legally married. What do you need to have in order to get a license? First, you'll need to locate the records bureau in the city that you're going to get married in. Here, you can find out what information you need to bring in and exactly what you need to do with you license to ensure your marriage is legal.
Typically, what you need is the same in every area. First, you'll need to have your birth certificates to prove that you are exactly who you say you are. You may also need to provide another form of identification as well. Once you've provided your birth certificates, you'll need to also provide information about your family members. Both the bride and groom need to provide information about their mother and father and about where they were born. This information actually comes in very handy when you're looking for Florida marriage records; it helps you to find information about your ancestors. Imagine someone looking at your Florida marriage records in the distant future and you can easily see why this information is necessary and useful.
That is it; that's most of the information that you'll have to fill out for your marriage license. Most of the time, it can be filled out directly in the records office. You will have to sign the license and will need to have it signed by the officiate at your wedding as well as well as the witnesses. Getting a marriage license is actually a very easy thing, as long as you have the right information and the right documentation; it can be done in mere minutes.