Marital records are records of marriages from a county that issued the marriage licenses. A traditional marriage record includes the applicants' full names, ages, places of residence, occupations and places of birth. Some marriage records also include the applicants' parents' information.
There are essentially two types of marriage records: uncertified and certified. An uncertified marriage record is part of the public record and can be accessed by the public at large through government websites, the county or city clerk's office, or a search agency. A certified marriage certificate is an official document that can only be accessed by a person of record on the certificate, specific family members or authorized individuals.