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How do you view public marriage records?

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Contact the county clerk of the county in which a marriage took place to find the records associated with it. Marriage licenses are part of the public record, and clerks maintain information concerning marriages, births, deaths, divorces and other events.

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Some counties maintain online records for marriages, so a visit to the county clerk's website for the county in which the wedding took place is a good starting point. Perform a search by the name of the person or couple in whom you have an interest, and look for the record of the event. If the clerk's office maintains an online database, but you can't find the information you're looking for, call the county clerk's office for assistance.

Alternatively, go in person to the office of the county clerk if the records are not available online or if directed to do so when you call the clerk's office for assistance. In some cases, you may have to fill out a form indicating your identity and reason for interest in these records, depending on the policies of the county. Be aware that you may have to pay a fee for copies of any records you want from the clerk's office. The more information you have (date of the wedding, names of both bride and groom), the more likely you are to find the records you want.

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