How to Find Marriage Records for Free in Georgia

By Kelli Peacock Dunn
Locating marriage records in the peach state can be accomplished in a few short steps.

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If you are gathering genealogy information or researching someone's past, you may be interested in locating marriage records. Whatever the reason, it is fairly easy to track down who has been joined in holy matrimony. In the state of Georgia, this can be accomplished in a few short steps through public records searches. Although viewing records is free, obtaining certified copies requires a small fee.

Contact Vital Records. The Georgia Department of Community Health (health.state.ga.us/programs/vitalrecords/marriage) keeps vital records for the peach state, including marriage records for certain time periods. If the marriage you are researching occurred after 1952 and before 1996, you can obtain a certified copy of the marriage license from this office. You will need to provide the full names of both the bride and groom and the date of the marriage, plus the city and county where the marriage took place. The fee for one certified copy is $10 and $5 for each additional copy. You can mail your request to Vital Records, 2600 Skyland Drive, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30319. E-mail requests are not accepted.

Visit the county records office. The county where the marriage occurred will have a recorded marriage license on file. Visit the Probate Office in that county to view marriage records for no charge. However, if you request a certified copy of the marriage license, either online or in person, there may be a small fee. A directory of Georgia Probate court locations for each county can be found online (gaprobate.org).

Search genealogy Web sites. There are several genealogy Web sites with marriage records for every state. Some require membership fees, but many offer free trial periods, so you can research at no cost. These sites include ancestry.com and genwed.com. You will need to provide the name of the bride or groom, the Georgia county in which they were married and an approximate date. Another site, Georgiagenealogy.org, has marriage indexes for several Georgia counties dating back to the 1700s, and these can be viewed on their site for no charge.

About the Author

Kelli Peacock Dunn has been a news editor and photographer since 1998, working at a weekly newspaper in Northwest Florida. Her articles have also appeared in "Panama City Living" magazine and "The Lookout."

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