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King County Archives

A repository of county government records
King County Archives
1215 E. Fir St.
Building A
Seattle, WA 98122

206-296-1538
archives@kingcounty.gov

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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King County Marriage Index, 1853-1900

This indexes all known marriage records in King County from 1853 through the end of 1900. This index is more complete and comprehensive than all other preexisting indexes for these years. This index includes record of marriages that were never recorded, and thus never previously indexed. It also provides details of all corresponding marriage records at the King County Archives that exist for each marriage.

This indexes 10,507 marriages performed in King County for the given years. The index entries contain the name of the bride, the name of the groom and the date of the marriage. For entries from 1891-1900, maiden names of brides (when different than at time of marriage) are also included in the notes field. In each additional column you can find which records are available for each marriage.

You can now search for marriage certificates and download free images from 1855 to 1989 at the Washington State Digital Archives. The database only indexes marriage certificates though, and if you are interested in locating all marriage records through 1900, please consult the King County Archives index on this page.

How to use this index

This index is in a PDF document, and in order to view it you will need a PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat. You can download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat (external link). The index is 253 pages long (1.03MB) and may take a while to load on a dial-up modem.

You can search for names or keywords in either version of this index by pressing "Ctrl+F" and typing your search terms in the box that opens.

If the index entries are difficult to read, you can adjust the size of the text by zooming in at the center of the toolbar that appears directly over the index text.

Obtaining copies of records

If you locate a marriage record in this index and would like to obtain copies, please contact the King County Archives. Please provide us with the names of both parties, the date of the marriage and the type of document and record number as provided in the index.

Types of marriage records indexed in this database are:

Certificate
Transcription
Return
License Affidavit
License Application
License

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male name or
female name


Marriage Indexes for Additional Years