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About the Marriage Index: Richmond Enquirer 1804-1860, Richmond Visitor 1809-1810

General Arrangement of Finding Aid | Format of Collection | Related Resources
Ordering Copies of Articles

Description of Collection

The Marriage Index lists the personal names of both the bride and the groom as they appear in the wedding announcements in the Richmond Enquirer between 1804 and 1860 and the Richmond Visitor between 1809 and 1810. This index was developed by the staff of the Reference Department. Newspapers are one of the few sources of information on marriages prior to 1853. In 1853 an act was passed in which the state required the recording of vital statistics. Microfilm copies of these state marriage records between 1853 and 1935 are available in the Library of Virginia Archives.

General Arrangement of Finding Aid

Arrangement is alphabetical by the last name of both the bride and the groom. Each card also contains the name of the newspaper and the date, page, and column on which the article appears. Entries may contain the name of the father of the bride, or the place of residence of the bride or the groom.

Format of Collection

Microfilm and original newspapers

Related Resources

Marriage notices from Richmond, Virginia newspapers, 1821-1840. Virginia Genealogical Society, 1988. F233.25 M353

Marriages and deaths from Richmond, Virginia newspapers, 1780-1820 . Virginia Genealogical Society, 1983. F233.25 M35

Marriage Notices Richmond Visitor 2/11/1809 - 8/4/1810 Richmond Enquirer 5/9/1804 - 12/31/1859. Virginia State Library Administration Division. Film 834

Ordering Copies of Articles

There are two basic ways to obtain copies of the original newspaper articles indexed: ordering and borrowing.