Do you have North Carolina ancestors? Well you may need to take a day off from work or tell your family you simply aren’t available.
Ancestry has launched North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011 and this data collection includes images of marriage bonds, licenses, certificates, and registers from 87 different counties.
On the data collection page, check out the browse section on the right hand side to see which counties are available and what records are included for that county.
And check each entry you find for your ancestor. This search for Newman Alexander and Catherine Carpenter gives me two entries:
Don’t assume they are the same. One is to a book that abstracts marriage records, the second is to an actual bond.
And if you are doing African American research in North Carolina, you may discover some critical clues.
In 1866, An Act Concerning Negroes and Persons of Color or of Mixed Blood made provisions for the legal registration of the marriages of recently emancipated slaves.
The recording of the marriages took place mostly around 1866, they reference the joining of couples living as man and wife dating back to 1820, and possibly earlier.
The details on these records typically only give the names of the bride and groom, the year, and sometimes the month they began living together as man and wife. Sometimes they also include the names of their former owners, making these a powerful genealogical tool for those researching their African American roots.
Thanks to Juliana Szucs for the information on the African American records in this collection.