Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Some Resources

Nevada marriage and divorce records are now available on These resources can be useful to those researching in just about any state. That's because when many states had restrictive laws about marriage and divorce (especially divorce), Nevada traditionally has had rather liberal laws on these matters. Thus, those who could afford to do so would sometimes head for Las Vegas or Reno for a "quickie" divorce. And folks who wanted something a little different in a wedding ceremony find their way to the unique Nevada wedding chapels.

Not surprisingly, Californians tend to predominate. There are more than 3,800,000 Californians in the Nevada Marriage Index from 1956 to 2005. Anyone doing California research should treat the Nevada resources as if they were California resources. I was looking for California marriages I was certain had taken place and couldn't find them. Then I went to the Nevada index and there they were! Unfortunately, there are no images available for viewing or downloading.

Getting Nevada records means doing it the hard way: writing county clerks and asking for them; or sending money to Vitalchek.

Clay County, Missouri

As you know, I do a lot of research in Missouri sources. So I'm embarrassed to say that it had escaped my notice that the Clay County Recorder of Deeds no has a fairly decent web site. Information about marriages, deaths, marriages can be found there. Again, however, there areimages to download.

1 comment:

Redbones said...

Greetings. One of my cousins came across your blog and we thought we had too much in common not to link up. We're Redbones! Louisiana Redbones for the most part, but not exclusively.

I live in Oakland, CA, most of my cousins live back South and East. I'll be visiting your blog in the next several days getting to know a little bit about you.

Most of your family names resonate with us. Our people not only knew your people, but probably were your people. I look forward to getting to know you better.