The Resource Caroline County (Va.) Marriage Register

Caroline County (Va.) Marriage Register

Caroline County (Va.) Marriage Register, 1893-1932
Caroline County (Va.) Marriage Register
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Caroline County (Va.) Marriage Register, 1893-1932, includes a chronological listing of marriages recorded by the court clerk in Caroline County. This register notes the date and place of marriage, the full names of both parties, the color of the parties, the age and condition before marriage of both parties, their places of birth, their places of residence, the names of their parents, the occupation of the husband and the name and denomination of the person performing the wedding ceremony. By June 1899 (p. 16), the date of the marriage license was listed consistently. Marriages between African Americans are noted. In addition, the volume contains an internal index which is unnumbered. Males and Females are listed separately by the first letter of their surname
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Biographical or historical data
  • Caroline County was formed from Essex, King and Queen, and King William counties on 1 May 1728, and additional parts of King and Queen County were added in 1742 and 1763. The county was named for Caroline of Anspach, wife of King George II.
  • Most loose records and deed books prior to 1836 and will books prior to 1853 were stolen, mutilated, and/or destroyed by Union troops who ransacked the courthouse in May 1864. A near-complete run of order books exists.
  • In 1853, the General Assembly passed a law requiring the systematic statewide recording of vital statistics. The marriage register, still compiled by the county clerk from ministers' returns and other original marriage records, became more standardized and comprehensive.
  • The original marriage records, from which this volume was compiled, were created by the County Court until 1904. After this date, marriages were recorded in the Circuit Court.
Cataloging source
Location of other archival material
  • This volume is found at the State Records Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions and hours.
  • Additional Caroline County Marriage Records can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records On Microfilm" found on the Library of Virginia's web site.
  • Caroline County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Caroline County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Digital Collection.
  • Additional Caroline County Marriage Records can be found on microfilm on the Library of Virginia's site index under "Vital Statistics." Additional records are noted in the collection guide, "Birth and Marriage (Husband-Wife) Indexes," a statewide index compiled from 1853-1935.
Caroline County (Va.) Marriage Register
  • This item came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Caroline County
  • Microfilm Reel 36 was generated by the Genealogical Society of Utah while filming in the Caroline County Circuit Court Clerk's Office
  • Microfilm Reel 66 was generated by a field operator for the Virginia State Library's (now the Library of Virginia) Microfilm Section while filming in the Caroline County Circuit Court Clerk's Office
Arranged chronologically by month, day and year except index.
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Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Caroline County Circuit Court
  • The Genealogical Society of Utah
  • Virginia State Library's Microfilm Section
Terms governing use
Use microfilm copies, Caroline County (Va.) Reels 36 and 66.
Type of unit
  • v. (104 p.)
  • microfilm reels.

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