Search Marriage Records & Engagement Announcements in Newspapers 1714–1999

Search Marriage Records & Engagement Announcements in Newspapers 1690–2010

Find your ancestors in marriage records published in newspapers. Read engagement & wedding announcements, see bride & groom pictures and discover their wedding day details in our online newspaper archives.

Enter your ancestor's name below and we'll search marriage records to help you learn more.

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9 Facts about your ancestors found in marriage and engagement records
1 Names of the bride and groom
2 Names of other family members and their places of residence
3 Name and location of the church
4 Date of the wedding
5 Reference to where the couple will live
6 Names, addresses and hometown of the parents
7 Biographical information about the bride and groom
8 Names of the wedding party members
9 Plus! Often you can find a picture of the bride that may be the only photo you can find of her at this age
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Newspapers routinely published engagement announcements and marriage records from a wide surrounding geographic area. Search just your ancestor's last name to start.

  1. Engagement Announcements
  2. Newspaper Marriage Records

  1. Engagement Announcements
  2. Newspaper Marriage Records

  1. An engagement announcement is a newsworthy event that newspapers regularly cover.

    Wedding and engagement announcements in newspapers often include a photograph or etching of the bride-to-be or of the couple. Finding such an engagement notice can be a real treasure, providing old pictures of your ancestors in their youth, at a time when few wedding engagement pictures were taken.

  2. As much interest as society takes in people getting engaged, it is even more newsworthy when a couple gets married. Consequently most local papers cover marriages well, with marriage announcements that often provide a wealth of family information.

    Discover the names of the newlyweds, photos of the bride, wedding details and more in marriage notices.

Trace Your Ancestry With Marriage Records

Marriage records give you names and dates to help fill in the missing details on your family tree, and also give clues to guide your family research in new directions. Our expansive searchable archive of

over 6,500 newspapers covers over 300 years of news coverage on engagements, weddings and marriages. GenealogyBank is your best resource to find marriage records online.

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Marriage Records Search Tips

Use this search to find announcements for engagements and weddings in the historical newspaper archives. This online collection contains marriage records as published in U.S. newspapers from 1714–1999.

Broad Marriage Record Search

Try searching for marriage announcements with the surname of one spouse in the Surname field and the other surname in the Include Keywords field. Follow up by searching only the groom’s surname.

Additional Tips to Search Marriage Records

Try to think of information that may have appeared in the original marriage announcement and use those terms. Do you know the name of the clergy member performing the wedding, or the name of the religious denomination? If so, focus your search on those terms.

Example:

"Lutheran" in the Include Keywords field and a Date Range of "1878."

You may also try entering the name of the church or chapel where the wedding ceremony was held in the Include Keywords field.

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