The Resource Lancaster County (Va.) Marriage Bonds

Lancaster County (Va.) Marriage Bonds

Lancaster County (Va.) Marriage Bonds, 1701, 1715-1848
Lancaster County (Va.) Marriage Bonds
Inclusive dates
1701, 1715-1848
Lancaster County (Va.) Marriage Bonds Number 1-5, 1701, 1715-1748, record the bonds of marriage between a bride and groom within the county. These volumes also include marriage consents made by a parent or guardian
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  • Described
Biographical or historical data
  • Lancaster County was formed from Northumberland and York Counties in 1651. It was probably named for the English county.
  • Prior to 1853, when the Commonwealth began recording vital statistics, Virginia marriages were recorded at the county or city level. Beginning in 1661, in order to be married by license, the groom was required to go before the county clerk and give bond with security that there was no lawful reason to prevent the marriage. The license issued then by the clerk was given to the minister who performed the service. Written consent from a parent or guardian was needed for individuals younger than twenty-one years.
  • The original marriage bonds, from which these volumes were compiled, were created by the County Court.
Cataloging source
Location of other archival material
Additional Lancaster 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.
Lancaster County (Va.) Marriage Bonds
  • The original marriage bonds were transferred from the Lancaster County Circuit Court Clerk's Office to the Virginia State Library's Archives Division (now the Library of Virginia's Local Records Branch.)
  • The negative photostatic copies were compiled and created by the Virginia State Library's (now the Library of Virginia) Archives Division, under the accession numbers 26541-26545, from the original court records
  • The microfilm reels were generated by the Virginia State Library's Microfilm Section
Arranged chronologically.
  • The Library of Virginia
  • 2.25
  • 5
  • 18
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Lancaster County Circuit Court
  • Virginia State Library
  • Virginia State Library's Microfilm Section
Reproduction note
photostats (negative)
Terms governing use
Use microfilm copies, Lancaster County (Va.) Reels 350-367.
Type of unit
  • cu. ft. (5 boxes)
  • v. (1365 p.)
  • microfilm reels

Library Locations

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      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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