One of the main goals for genealogists is finding marriage information about their ancestors.
Over the past few decades, thanks to volunteers, librarians and archivists, a great number of indexes to marriage collections have been provided for free online. These searchable indexes provide specific marriage license, bond, and certificate information, and sometimes scanned images of the actual marriage documents themselves. These free online collections have hundreds of millions of records in them in total.
There are a great number of online and offline collections that may include marriage information that are not included in the lists below. These different types can be found in 22 Ways to Find Ancestors Marriage Information.
The lists below are specific marriage indexes and record collections that are available for free online for the District of Columbia.
Note 1: Many of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. In many cases there is a link to the digital collection in the middle of the page, but also near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital. Please also note that I have listed below only databases that are accessible digitally from your computer (or tablet/phone)
Note 2: I have included links to Free Ancestry records and indexes. You do not need a subscription, but do need an Ancestry account. Without a subscription you can view indexes. If there is an image associated with a record, in most cases you will need a subscription, but the index does include very usable information.
(Updated November 2021; recently added links are in BOLD):
- Alexandria County, District of Columbia Marriages Bonds, 1801-1822, and Minister’s Returns
- Blacks in the Marriage Records of the District of Columbia, Dec. 23, 1811 – June 16, 1870
- DC Births, Marriages, and Deaths
- District of Columbia Genealogical collection, ca. 1700-1900
- District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-1950
- District of Columbia Marriages, 1830-1921
- Freedman’s Bureau Marriages
- Freedmen Marriage Records, Washington DC 1861-1869
- Historical Court Records of Washington, District of Columbia
- Miscellaneous BMD Records by County
- National Intelligencer Extracts of Marriages and Deaths 806 – 1858
- United States Marriages, 1733-1990
- United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages, 1861-1872
- Washington DC Church Vital Records (click on Folder Icon)
- Washington DC Jewish Marriages
- Washington DC Marriage Records
- Washington DC Marriages
- Washington, D.C List of Marriage Certificates in the county of Alexandria in the District of Columbia, 1801-1850
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!
For other Free DC Links, click on the category of interest:
Probate and Wills