Image of 1877 Marriage License

1877

Image of 1904 Marriage License

1904

Image of 1928 Marriage License

1928

Image of 1935 Marriage License

1935

Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society has copied the original returned 1869-1950 marriage licenses which were in long-term storage at the Tazewell County courthouse.  We would like to thank the Tazewell County Clerk’s office for allowing us to access these historical documents!

Prior to 1869, marriage records were simply a one-line entry in a records book.  Starting in 1869, marriage records began to be transitioned to certificates.  Be aware the 1869 marriages still entered in a records book rather than a certificate are not in our collection or the index discussed below.

Prior to 1878, marriage licenses contained the names of the groom and bride, date of marriage, and the name of the presiding official.

Starting around 1878, marriage licenses began containing additional information such as the groom's and bride's full names, places of residence, ages, birthplaces, father's name, mother's maiden name, and number of marriages.  Other items included are the groom's occupation, the location & date of marriage, witnesses, and the presiding official.

Indexes to the 1898-1938 marriage licenses have been published in four printed volumes.  They can be consulted at our library or can be purchased.

Indexes to the 1939-1950 marriage licenses were later published in two printed volumes.  They can also be consulted at our library or can be purchased.

TCGHS members may search the online index below.  Here are some tips on how to do searches.

Copies of a license may be ordered at the Society's library, through the mail, or online using our shopping cart.  Your copies may be picked up at the library or will be emailed/mailed to you at no extra charge.

Please supply the groom’s name, bride’s name, date of marriage, and delivery mode for each license you want copied.  Your order must be paid before we will create the copies.

Each copy is $5.00.  Copies ordered online will be $5.45 (to offset the fees we are charged by the credit card payment processor).  Credit cards are not accepted for mailed orders.

Some of the licenses have extra papers dealing with the marriage – usually permission for underage children to marry signed by the parents or guardians. Copies of these additional papers will be included with the license at no additional charge.

We cannot guarantee any name on a marriage license is the person you’re looking for.  Please see our research services if you need further research done.

Online Marriage Index

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Search Tips:

  1. All columns may be sorted by clicking on the triangle in the column header.
  2. As you enter criteria into a search box, the display will automatically change to show only matching rows.
  3. Use the upper Search Box to search the entire database.  For example, if you enter "Dillon", the display changes to those rows that contain a Groom's Name containing "Dillon" or a Bride's Name containing "Dillon".
  4. Use the boxes at the bottom of each column to limit your search only to that column's content. Suggested uses:
  • Groom's Name - limit the rows displayed to just those groom's names you are interested in.
  • Bride's Name – limit the rows displayed to just those first names you are interested in.
  • Date of Marriage - look for time periods you are particularly interested in
  • Combination - by placing criteria into multiple boxes you can do more sophisticated searches such as all  Dillon grooms married in 1900.  However, don't forget to use the clear filters button at upper right to delete any earlier searches or you may get unexpected results!

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