Have you ever found a “marriage” record and assumed that the couple did in fact marry?

Towards the later part of the 1800s, marriage records may have included the license to marry. The couple applied for the license, and were most likely granted the license. But, did they actually marry?

In my experience, there have been times when the license portion of the record is the primary portion – it may take up ¾ of the page. At the very bottom of the page, one will find the actual marriage record.

Make sure that you look at the very bottom of that page to make sure that the couple actually married. They may have gotten a license but never married!