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Out of all the events of your life, arguably one of the most significant is getting married. Getting married is one of the most important choices made by you in your life. You don't choose to be born, and most people don't choose when to pass on from this world, but you do choose when, and whom, you get married to. For most people, a wedding is a private occasion. Others are invited to celebrate, but the guest list usually consists of people that the bride and groom personally know. You choose the people who will witness your special day. Did you know that the record for this very personal, intense, often private moment is actually considered to be a public record? People you don't know and never will are privy to your information. Anyone can access your marriage record; they are public and you have no say in the matter.
What is Public Record?
In the matter of Oklahoma marriage records, most people don't realize that any marriage that takes place in the state, and in every state in the nation for that matter, is actually a public record. While there are some marriage documents that are considered to be private for a set number of years, a vast majority of marriage records are not; your information is accessible to the public - whenever they like. While this may seem unsettling to some, it is actually a welcome relief to those of you who are looking to fill in your family tree.
Finding Family Records
There are two different types of public records websites that can help you if you're looking for Oklahoma marriage records - one is a free of charge site; another is a fee-based site. While there is nothing wrong with either type of website, it is up to you to decide if you want to pay for the extra benefits you often get when using a fee-based website or if you'd rather stick with a free site. So how do you find the Oklahoma marriage records you're looking for?
If you have a surplus of time you can first start searching for information on free sites. These usually have only the bride's name, groom's name, date of marriage and town or county but can be good to fill in gaps in your basic information. If you don't have a lot of time to spare you can use a fee based website. One of the great things about using online sites with large databases of records is that you don't have to worry about finding the right physical location, because online sites are able to search the entire nation. Some can even search the entire world. Once you've found a good site, you simply have to enter the name of one of the members of the couple you are searching for, and you should be able to find the record fairly quickly. If you have a difficult time, try a search using the name of the other partner, and if that doesn't work you can look for the names of the parents of the couple as this information is online as well. There are many angles of attack when searching online; keep trying until one of them nets the outcome you want.
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