Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Marriage License Records Search Resources

By Ben Dave

There are various reasons why people would want to obtain copies of public marriage records. For some people, it is so that they can learn about their family history. For others, it is because they need a copy of their marriage records as they are going to be filing for divorce. Yet for most, it is a matter of precautionary measure before advancing a romantic relationship especially when tying the knot is on the horizon.

In the old days, when it came to getting hold of a copy of your marriage records, you would need to visit your local public office where such information was retained. However, such searches can be carried out online over the internet these days. Online Marriage Records will end up saving you time and money. We look at a few ways and practices of retrieving public marriage records by commercial information providers and lay them out to determine which one may well best serve your needs.

A useful format employed by many online record providers starts with the entry of the full name and age of the subject whose public marriage records the search is for in the search box. The search button is then clicked to initiate the check and a list of names will appear on the screen. Their respective geographical locations or states will show up alongside the names and you simply select the one that corresponds to the one you are after. In order to obtain their marriage records, you will first have to get a background check of the person carried out for which you will be charged a fee. Each search will obtain the state marriage records for only a particular state as these records are under state jurisdiction. Along with the marriage details however, you will also be provided with information of their current address, any property liens, criminal records if any, the value of their home and any legal judgment made against them in small claims courts.

Another operating model of providing records commercially online is through direct links to hundreds of government agencies in the US which are tasked with the function. The databases of such information brokers are created by pulling public records from these agencies. When you place an order with one of these sites, you request is then passed on to the appropriate agency for them to process and then ship a hard copy of the document you require to you. You have the choice of either getting the information forwarded by regular mail or pay an additional fee and have it delivered within two days by courier. Having it delivered by courier means that you can actually track where your order is and to ensure that it reaches you safely and on time.

Although they may seem quite old-fashioned, there are those who offer a completely different service from the other two we have mentioned above. When an order is made with such providers, one of their researchers will be dispatched to the appropriate marriage records office to obtain the document that you need. Depending on what office the researcher has to visit, the fee will be charged accordingly.

When it comes to getting hold of free marriage records, there are quite a few sites online that offer such a service. But generally, the information that they provide will be very limited. Typically, it will show the persons name, age, place of birth and place of work and residence. Also, it will show the time and place of the marriage and also who witnessed the ceremony and who conducted it. Plus these marriage records will show the couples parents details but nothing more.

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