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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Marriage Records problems

I have found that I have had special problems with marriage records. Over 30% of marriage records in the United States are incomplete. Many of the returns were never submitted to the civil authorities and many have been lost.
I have also found them to be inaccurate. Some information was deliberately falsified by the groom and bride for reason's unknown. The clerks often entered the date of the marriage at the time the license was issued in stead of waiting for the return so it would lighten up their workload.
Marriage records were issued and held by the town and county jurisdiction before state registration was establish. Most records are indexed by the surname of the groom.
If anyone else has issues with marriage records please tell us, maybe we can all work together and iron out these issues and see if there's a way to research these records and find ones we can not.

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