First Steps: Using Marriage and Divorce Records

Our First Steps series of courses is designed to help beginning genealogists develop a solid foundation of research skills. In this course, you’ll learn the basics on how to find, analyze and cite marriage and divorce records for your US ancestors.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • How to find and analyze marriage certificates
  • How to find other records of marriages when official marriage certificates are unavailable
  • How to find and use divorce records
  • How to cite marriage and divorce records

Tuition:

$39.99 ($35.99 for VIP)

Course Length:

4 Weeks

Instructor:

Lisa Alzo

Start Date:

View upcoming course schedule for dates.


WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE

  • Beginning genealogists looking to build basic skills
  • Researchers who need a little help in finding and using marriage and divorce records

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: REQUIREMENTS & SUPPLIES

  • This course assumes you understand the basics principles of genealogy The first course in the First Steps series, Discover Your Family Tree, is a helpful foundation if you’ve never done genealogical research before.

Outline

Lesson 1: Overview of Source Types and Vital Records Research
A. Types of evidence
    I. Primary/Secondary
    II. Original/Derivative
B. Citing Sources
C. Vital Records Overview
    I. Requesting records
    II. Records restrictions
D. Exercise

Lesson 2: Marriage Records
A. Official marriage records
    I. Finding official marriage records
    II. Types of official marriage records
B. Other marriage records
C. Marriage record indexes
D. Citing marriage records
E. Exercise

Lesson 3: Divorce and Stillbirth Records
A. Divorce records
    I. Types of divorce records
    II. Finding divorce records
B. Citing sources
C. Exercise

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