Source Information

Ancestry.com. Washington, Marriage Index, 1969-2014 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.
Original data: Washington State Marriage Indexes, 1969-2014. Washington State Archives, Olympia, Washington.

About Washington, Marriage Index, 1969-2014

This database contains a statewide index to over 3.9 million marriages that were performed in Washington between 1969 and 2014. Information that may be found in this database includes:

  • Bride’s and groom’s names
  • Marriage county
  • Marriage date

About Marriage Records:

Marriage licenses are the most common marriage records in the United States. They are issued by the appropriate authority prior to the marriage ceremony, and they have come to replace the posting of banns and intentions. Marriage licenses, which grant permission for a marriage to be performed, are returned to civil authorities after the ceremony.

Marriage licenses exist in varying forms. A standard form generally asks for the names of the bride and groom, their residence at the time of application, the date the marriage was performed, the date the license was issued, the place of the marriage, and the name of the person performing the marriage ceremony.

Marriage certificates are given to the couple after the ceremony is completed and are thus usually found among family records. There are exceptions, however. [Some] certificates are similar to marriage licenses issued in other places. The bride and groom usually receive a marriage certificate for their family records containing similar historical information, signatures of witnesses, etc.

Taken from Johni Cerny and Sandra H. Luebking, "Research in Marriage and Divorce Records," in The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, ed. Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997).