Maine Marriages 1892-1966

Historical Context: Before 1820, Maine was part of Massachusetts. Early records of people who lived in Maine were kept at the town level before state registration in 1892 began. This database contains records from 1892-1966, more than 850,000 names.

Questions Asked:
Wife's Given Name
Wife's Surname
Husband's Given Name
Husband's Surname

More Details:
Bride
Residence
Groom
Residence
Marriage Date
Place of Marriage

Why This Database is Valuable: This index, made available by the Maine Department of Human Services, contains the bride and groom names, date of marriage, marriage certificate number, and the places of residence. The 1967-1976 data cannot be provided by DHS in computer format. DHS is aware of apparent data entry errors, though the original documents usually reflect the correct information. Report apparent errors by e-mail. DHS currently does not have the capacity to change the database, but will keep error reports on file until research of the original record can be conducted.

Next Steps: Once a bride and groom are found, it is likely that the original may have the parents of the couple in question, and in the earliest records from the Maine State Archives, the names, occupations, and birth places of the parents of the couple getting married. Copies of certificates from 1892 to 1922 can be found from the Maine State Archives. http://www.state.me.us/sos/arc/
For more-recent certificates, contact:
Maine Vital Records(Marriage)
To fulfill your request, the following information is needed:
1. Name of bride (use maiden name).
2. Name of groom.
3. Date of marriage.
4. Name of city/town the marriage occurred in.
5. Please include a daytime telephone number.
6. Please make the check payable to: "Treasurer - State of Maine".

The fee for one certified copy is $15.00. The fee for additional certified copies of the same record is $6.00 each. Send self-addressed stamped envelope with your payment.

Please mail your request to:
Vital Records
11 State House Station
244 Water Street
Augusta, ME 04333-0011

All requests are filled within 7 - 10 working days after receipt.

(From Maine Office of Health and Program Management: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/bohodr/order1.htm)

This index, made available by the Maine Department of Human Services, contains the bride and groom names, date of marriage, marriage certificate number, and the places of residence. The 1967-1976 data cannot be provided by DHS in computer format. DHS is aware of apparent data entry errors, though the original documents usually reflect the correct information. Report apparent errors by e-mail. DHS currently does not have the capacity to change the database, but will keep error reports on file until research of the original record can be conducted.

Source: Maine State Archives, Marriage Records, 1892-1966, February 8, 2001.