How to find who your Ancestor married

Jeannette Holland Austin
3 min readJul 18, 2022

Finding marriages in court house records is the most difficult task in genealogical research. The reason is that most counties did not require it until after 1900.

The old-fashioned way of getting married was to have a church (or home) wedding, presented by a minister or priest. After that, it was up to the minister to file it at the local court house. Sometimes, you find a published book on the shelf containing a marriage register kept by a minister. This is fine, but rare.

Jeannette Holland Austin

Author of 100+ genealogy books. Owner of 8 genealogy websites available by subscription.