Record of Pennsylvania Marriages Prior To 1810

Record of Pennsylvania Marriages Prior To 1810

Marriage register of the Moravian Church, Bethlehem, 1742-1800 — Marriage register of the Moravian Church, Nazareth, 1742-1800 — Marriage register of the Moravian Church, Litiz, 1743-1800 — Marriage register of the Moravian Church, Philadelphia, 1743-1800 — Marriage register of the Moravian Church, at Emmaus, 1758-1800

Licenses were issued by the Provincial Secretary’s office in Pennsylvania’s early days in an effort to prevent clandestine marriages, though the licenses were not initially required for a couple to marry. The date on early licenses is the license date rather than the marriage date.

List of officers of the Colonies on the Delaware and the Province of Pennsylvania, 1614-1776: Officers of the Colonies on the Delaware, 1614-1681

Additional online records include those kept by the various counties or cities of Pennsylvania. These records generally cover births and deaths from 1893-1905, before the state began its vital records program in 1906.

List of officers of the Colonies on the Delaware and the Province of Pennsylvania, 1614-1776: Officers of the Colonies on the Delaware, 1614-1681 ; Officers of the Province of Pennsylvania, 1681-1776 ; Provincial officers of the Three Lower Counties, New Castle, Kent, and Sussex ; Provincial officers for the Three Original Counties, Chester, Philadelphia, and Bucks, 1682-1776 ; Provincial officers for the additional colonies, 1729-1776

Births, deaths and marriages were also officially recorded by the counties between 1851-1855. County marriages are then recorded from 1885 to the present.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marriage Index, 1885-1951

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marriage Index, 1885-1951

Marriage license records for years 1916-1951 are available at the City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Genealogists can page through this index to find the date and marriage license certificate number for their ancestor’s marriage.  The index is divided into five sections: 1885-1916; 1917-1938; 1939-1942; 1943-1946; and 1947-1951.

  • Pennsylvania Death Records Indexes…
    • List of Online Pennsylvania Death Records, Indexes and Obituaries includes a full state index and listings for some individual counties
  • Pennsylvania Birth and Marriage Records Indexes…
    • Pennsylvania Statewide Marriage Records 1885-1889

Philadelphia Deaths 1803 to 1915 (Index and images)

The Philadelphia Deaths Collection is actually derived from death certificates, registrations of death, and various city and hospital death records, including some prison deaths. In all online volunteers transcribed 1,612,000 images located on 1791 reels of microfilm to create the free online index linked to the original images.

Other Collections

Most of the indexes are arranged alphabetically by first letters of last and first names, and then by year. If one of the parties to the marriage was Thomas Green and the marriage occurred on 31 August 1873, then one would look at the “G” volume, open to the section which included all people whose first names began with the letter “T” and then look at 1873. There are no separate indexes for men and women – all names are filed in the same index. Most of the indexes of this type stop between 1877 and 1880 so one would then have to look at the yearly indexes for the years 1877 – 1885.

The collection consists of Philadelphia Death Certificates, 1904-1915, (657,000 names), Registration of Deaths, 1803-1903, arranged by year and cemetery (912,600 names) and various city and hospital death records, 1860-1903, (818,900 names). There are some gaps in the years of the hospital death records.


Marriage Collections

California, Great Registers, 1866-1910

California, Great Registers, 1866-1910

County Clerk voting registers from most counties in California. The 1896 Great Register was the first to include detailed physical descriptions:  height, complexion, eye color, hair color as well as visible marks, scars, tattoos, physical deformities.   By 1910, no physical descriptions other than height were included. The registers were created every other year. Time period varies by county.

BUTTE COUNTY:  1872 Great Register
MARIPOSA COUNTY:  1872 Great Register
1884 Great Register
1886 Great Register
1912 Great Register


US Collection Collections

Alabama, Select Marriage Indexes, 1816-1942

Alabama, Select Marriage Indexes, 1816-1942

1880 United States Federal Census Name Viola Mitchel Age 18 Birth Year abt 1862 Birthplace Mississippi Home in 1880 Chickasaw, Colbert, Alabama Race White Gender Female Relation to Head of House Daughter Marital Status Single Father’s Name Sion Mitchel Father’s Birthplace Tennessee Mother’s Name Nancy Mitchel Mother’s Birthplace Kentucky Household Members Name Age Sion Mitchel 55 Nancy Mitchel 35 Viola Mitchel 18 Joseph Mitchel 15 Mark Mitchel 11 Jackson Mitchel 7 Sallie Mitchel 1.


These records may include:

  • Name
  • Name of spouse
  • Event date and place
  • Parents’ names
  • Date of birth
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Race

Source Citation for 1880 United States Federal Census Source Citation for 1900 United States Federal Census Source Citation for 1910 United States Federal Census Source Citation for 1920 United States Federal Census Source Citation for 1920 United States Federal Census Source Citation for 1940 United States Federal Census Source Citation for Alabama, Select Marriages, 1816-1942 Source Citation for Alabama, Select Marriages, 1816-1942

This database is a collection of marriage records from the State of Alabama, USA, between 1809 and 1920. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided.

1857 Minnesota Territorial Census

1857 Minnesota Territorial Census

Since 1820 people living in what is now Minnesota have been enumerated in various state and territorial censuses:

  • Some Minnesota inhabitants were included in the 1820 territorial census of Michigan and the 1836 census of the Wisconsin Territory.
  • The first Minnesota Territorial Census was taken in 1849, and was taken again in 1850, 1853, 1855, and 1857.
  • After statehood was granted in 1858, the Minnesota State Census was taken every 10 years, in years that ended with a 5: 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, and 1905.
  • 1905 was the last year of the Minnesota State Census.

Although an 1853 Minnesota census does exist, it’s not a complete record at all. Many of the schedules taken only listed how many people were in the household, how many of them were children and the name of the household’s head. However, there are a few census records that did include the names of every household resident. A lot of the 1855 census records for Minnesota have been lost, but the published version of the Wright County census does still exist. So do copies of information for Chicago, Doty and Superior County. Records also exist for Winona County for that year, but they are listed on an enumeration under the heading of “inhabitants by building” and can be a bit confusing.

1790 United States Federal Census(8)

Original and microfilm copies of the Minnesota territorial and state census records are located at:

Minnesota Historical Society
Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
St. Paul, Minnesota 55102-1906

Forty-two of Minnesota’s counties are excluded from the 1865 census, either because the county was not formally organized as of 1 June 1865, or because the schedules have not been located.  The counties excluded are:
Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Chippewa, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Itasca, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac qui Parle, Lake of the Woods, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Murray, Nobles, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Roseau, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin, Yellow Medicine


Census Collections