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Marriage Notices, Alamance County, NC: Marriage Notices

This is a guide to marriage information from marriage certificates on file at the Register of Deeds and from local newspaper announcements.

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N.C. Marriage Certificate

The following is an example of a North Carolina marriage certificate issued in Alamance County

Alamance County Marriage Index



Marriage Certificates Index from Public Records

Alamance County Marriage Index

Marriage Notices Published in the Alamance Gleaner

Notices were published in the time period between
1875 until 1914 in the weekly Alamance Gleaner newspaper.  Brides are listed by maiden name unless otherwise indicated.

N.C. Marriage Laws to 1868, North Carolina marriages were contracted by either posting a bond or publishing banns.  Approximately two thirds of marriages took place by publishing banns because this method was easier and less costly.  Publishing banns in church created no public record.  An 1868 court reform and change in the state constitution changed the law so that marriage certificates became the only official public record of a marriage.  North Carolina marriage certificates starting in 1868 may be found at the county Register of Deeds in the county in which the marriage took place.  This was often the home county of the bride.

Example of an Orange County Marriage Bond

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