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Do You Have to Pay to Get North Carolina Marriage Records?

The idea of putting together a family album, or a family tree, of your entire family is a great idea - in your mind.  That kind of project begins to resemble a nightmare once you begin the research, though, and realize how difficult it can truly be.  There are, after all, many different family branches you'll have to wade through in order to get to the information that you'll need to fully fill out your family tree.  One question most people have when starting this kind of project is if they will have to pay to access information like North Carolina marriage records.

Marriage Records

Most beginning family researchers think the most vital pieces of documentation to locate are birth records and death records.  This seems logical, as birth records reveal when and where someone came into this world, and death records reveal where and when they left the world.  While birth and death records are great sources of information, they're not the best piece of historical documentation.  What can help you jump from one branch to another on your family tree?  There are actually other types of documentation that hold better information and work better, such as census reports and North Carolina marriage records.

Why do marriage records help? Have you ever taken a close look at a record of this type?  When you do, you'll quickly notice a great deal of information in one compact location.  A marriage record shows not only who the bride and groom are, but also when they were born, where they were born, and when and where they were married.  It can even give you information on the bride and groom's parents and where they were born.  This wealth of information allows you to swing to newly discovered branches of your family tree.  Marriage records have assisted more than one genealogist out of a jam.

Paying

So will you need to pay to gain access to North Carolina marriage records? If you were married in the state and you are looking for an official piece of documentation to prove your marriage, then yes, you will need to pay the state for an official copy of your marriage record.  If, however, you're simply looking for historical information, you will not have to pay anyone anything.  There are many websites available that allow access to things like North Carolina marriage records free of charge.  This means that you can easily fill in a number of the branches in your family tree without having to pay out a great deal of money, the ideal setup for most people who want to create their own family trees but who have little money, or time, to waste doing so.

NC State Vital Statistics Office

NC Vital Records
1903 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1903

At the county level, Marriage certificates are kept by The Register of Deeds office. Divorce Decrees are kept by the Clerk of Court's office in the county of the divorce.

Info: (919) 733-3526
Email: Information

The State Library of North Carolina and the North Carolina State Archives has put together a website called North Carolina Family Records Online which "currently contains over 200 Bible Records (lists of birth, marriage, and death information recorded in North Carolina Bibles throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries). The collection also contains a six-volume index of marriage and death notices that appeared in five North Carolina newspapers from 1799-1893."

This collection contains images of the bible pages which hold a wealth of information to learn more about North Carolina family history.

North Carolina Counties:
Alamance
Alexander
Alleghany
Anson
Ashe
Avery
Beaufort
Bertie
Bladen
Brunswick
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Burke
Bute
Cabarrus
Caldwell
Camden
Carteret
Caswell
Catawba
Chatham
Cherokee
Chowan
Clay
Cleveland
Columbus
Craven
Cumberland
Currituck
Dare
Davidson
Davie
Dobbs
Duplin
Durham
Edgecombe
Forsyth
Franklin
Gaston
Gates
Graham
Granville
Greene
Guilford
Halifax
Harnett
Haywood
Henderson
Hertford
Hoke
Hyde
Iredell
Jackson
Johnston
Jones
Lee
Lenoir
Lincoln
Macon
Madison
Martin
McDowell
Mecklenburg
Mitchell
Montgomery
Moore
Nash
New Hanover
Northampton
Onslow
Orange
Pamlico
Pasquotank
Pender
Perquimans
Person
Pitt
Polk
Randolph
Richmond
Robeson
Rockingham
Rowan
Rutherford
Sampson
Scotland
Stanly
Stokes
Surry
Swain
Transylvania
Tryon
Tyrrell
Union
Vance
Wake
Warren
Washington
Watauga
Wayne
Wilkes
Wilson
Yadkin
Yancey