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Marriage and divorce information can be found in numerous places: church records, vital records, directories, biographies, family Bibles, newspapers, death certificates, tombstones, military service records, and censuses just to name a few. This research guide describes only church records, vital records, and those court records that deal with divorce. For information about other types of records, see the other genealogy research guides. Some basic questions and answers concerning marriage and divorce records are:

What are the best short essays that describe church and public records?
When did the maintenance of marriage and divorce records become required by law in the area of interest?
What church made a record of the marriage?
Are the church records I need still in existence? If so, where are they?
What is the best way to find early Pennsylvania church records?
Who is the custodian of public marriage records for each of the United States, what do they have, and how do I contact them?
Who is the custodian of public Philadelphia marriage records and how do I contact them?
Who is the custodian of public marriage records for other Pennsylvania counties and how do I contact them?
Who is the custodian of Philadelphia divorce records and how do I contact them?
Who is the custodian of divorce records for other Pennsylvania counties and how do I contact them?
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