Marriage Records

There are few civil marriage records in state archives prior to 1885 -- most marriage records before this date were recorded in church records. However, some cities and counties have recorded marriage records dating from the early 1800's. Counties which kept birth and death records for the period 1852-1854 also kept marriage records. Most counties began keeping marriage records starting in October of 1885. You can obtain copies from the Clerk of the Orphans Court in Somerset County.

The LDS FHL has several good sources available for marriage records research as well as many copies of marriage records from 1885-1920.

Marriage Register of Pennsylvania, 1684 to 1689 mainly Quaker records. FHL film 20438 item 4.

Marriage Bonds, 1784-1786 from the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania. FHL films 1759093 item 2 through 1759094 item1.

Marriage Records, 1885-1889 Bureau of Vital Statistics. FHL film 1027957-8. The males are listed on the first film, females on the second.

Newly filed Marriage records may be obtained from:

Pronothary Office
Court House
Somerset, PA 15501
Telephone: 814-445-1428

Divorce Records

In Pennsylvania, divorce records were kept by the court of common pleas.

Pronothary Office
Somerset County Court House
111 E. Union St.
Somerset, PA 15501-1416
Telephone: 814-445-1428

Online Marriage Records


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