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* Finding the minimum information for newspapers

To find an individual's marriage date in a wedding announcement, you must at least know the approximate wedding date, the full name of the groom and/or the maiden name of the bride, and the state and city or town where the marriage took place (or where the announcement was likely to have been published). If you do not have the minimum information to access a newspaper article, you can either:

* Get help finding some of the minimum information by selecting one of the following items,

Name

Marriage place

* click the Back button on your browser to return to the list of other places where you can find marriage dates, or

* read the paragraphs below for a few additional tips.

Finding marriage dates

You can approximate a couple's marriage date if you know the birth date of the oldest child. Pregnancies often happened soon after a couple's marriage, so you can estimate the marriage date to be 1-2 years before the birth of the first child. This will at least give you a target range of years in which to search for the records.

Make sure to check photo albums, scrapbooks, diaries, and family Bibles at home. See the topic Finding information at home for more information. Also check for local histories. See the topic Finding previous research.

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