Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History

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About Dorchester County Marriage Records, 1866-1886

Probate & Other Court Records • 1,140 Records • Uploaded January 13, 2023 • Data Website: guide.msa.maryland.gov

The records in this collection contain the names, ages, occupations, marital status, marriage dates and locations (often someone’s home) of the marriages in Dorchester County, Maryland between 1866 and 1886. Extracted from the book Dorchester County Maryland Marriage Records 1866-1886 compiled by Helen Kirby, this database includes entries that used the “color” designations black, colored, chestnut, dark, brown, yellow, mulatto, light and bright for the brides and grooms. The original records Dorchester County Circuit Court Marriage Records 1866-1886 (MSA No. CE434-1 ) are online at the Maryland State Archives site. The original record may also include additional information such as residence of the bride and groom, the occupation of the bride and the name and residence of the official performing the ceremony.

To access the original records follow this link and click on “links.” Maryland State Archives - Guide to Government Records

Extracted by Donna Messick.

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Fields Included

The list below shows the data fields included in this source. If a field is marked as Indexed, it is searchable.

  • Groom Surname (if "color not noted", both could be white) Indexed
  • Groom First Name Indexed
  • Groom Age
  • Groom Marital Status Indexed
  • Groom Occupation (and residence if not Dorchester County) Indexed
  • Bride (Occupation; residence if not Dorchester County) Indexed
  • Bride Age
  • Bride Marital Status Indexed
  • Date
  • Location of Ceremony Indexed
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