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TX State Vital Statistics Office

Bureau of Vital Statistics
Texas Department of Health
P.O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040

Information:

(512) 458-7111
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Texas Vital Statistics office can only provide a verification letter stating whether or not a marriage or divorce was recorded with the State of Texas. Verification letters of marriage are available for marriages that occurred from 1966 to 2008. Verification letters of divorce are available for divorces that occurred from 1968 to mid-2008.

Certified copies of marriage licenses or divorce decrees are only available from the county clerk (marriage) or district clerk (divorce) in the county or district in which it was obtained. County clerk addresses are included in the directory---->


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Understanding Texas Marriage Records

What, exactly, is a marriage record? A little research shows that marriage records are simply a very efficient way of recording that a marriage has taken place between two people.  These two people, those who have been married legally, are now bound together by this binding marriage contract.  Today, all marriage records are considered to be public information and anyone can search the records and view them, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act that was published back in the 1960's.

In Marriage Records

Many think that documents like Texas marriage records are private, but they are not.  This proves beneficial for those who are trying to uncover family history and need to access information about members of their family - even those very far removed.  A great deal of information can be found in marriage records.  One thing that you may not know about marriage records is that today's marriage records are all put into one repository where they are then digitally scanned into a hard drive.  This means that any record can be viewed digitally.  Not only can today's Texas marriage records be viewed digitally, but many of yesteryear's records can as well.  This, again, is a huge help for people who are looking for information that can be found in Texas marriage records.  Family researchers no longer have to travel to the state where the records are held, nor do they have to pay exorbitant fees, in order to gain access to the information that may be of help in their quest.

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What type of information can be accessed with Texas marriage records? First, you will find the full name and address of both the bride and the groom as well as where they got married.  If you're trying to locate someone, or if you're looking for more information for your family tree, this can be a great way to get started or to move past a researching slump.  Next, you will find information about the couple's parents.  This information is also a great stepping stone for people who are researching their ancestry as it can give you a whole branch of your family tree in one fell swoop.  And of course, you'll also find information about who married the couple and exactly when they were married.

One fun thing about older Texas marriage records is that they often show the occupation of the couple at the time of marriage.  This is not information that you necessarily need in order to fill in your family tree, but how much fun would it be to learn that you have an ancestor who was a writer or to learn that your great-great grandfather was a cobbler? All of this information is easily visible on this type of documentation and is something that you can easily find online, as long as you know which websites to use.

Texas Marriage Records by County
(Includes probate clerk addresses):

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