The Freedom of Information Act has mandated the government to allow the general public to access their personal documents. The state of Maryland is one of the states that have implemented such laws. One the public document that the local residents of Maryland can access is the Maryland marriage records.
The original marriage records of Maryland are very different from the ones that are being generated today. It has changed for the better because older files consist of two pages that have a lot of unnecessary information. The employment record of the couple as well as the detailed background of the two families that united is examples of the unnecessary information that can be found on the file. Now, one would only see the important details about the marriage such as the place and date when the marriage took place.
Marital records are one of the primary sources of genealogy research. The information that can be found on the file is used to update the history records of the family. Government transaction such as declaring dependents and assets would require the need for a marriage record to be presented in order to have the request processed. Background check is also one of the uses of such document. Some would check the status of the one they are dating to ensure that he/she is not married which may cause problems should they plan to marry later.
The marriage record is only given if the one who request for the file is either the bride or the groom. Others can still request for the files of other people but they have to secure a court order. One can send a mail order or go to the office to file the request, either way; it would only cost $12.
One should know where to go to when requesting for a marriage certificate since the records can be obtained at two different places in Maryland. Marriage that has been registered since 1990 can be obtained at the office of the Maryland State Archives. Records prior to the said year have to be requested at the office of the county clerk where the marriage was registered.
The development of the Internet has helped make the search easier by giving access anywhere there is Internet. Thus, there is no need to go to any office to file a request for marital records. There are a lot of websites that can provide the needed document. Some are free and some charge a certain fee. Paid search is popular among the residents because of the quality of the results provided.
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