Beginning in 1885, all Pennsylvania counties were required to keep records of marriages. Marriage license applications were recorded at the Courthouse in large docket books. Marriage records may provide the age, birthplace, occupation, date of marriage and signatures of bride and groom. They may also provide names of parents and their birthplace. The name of the official that performed the ceremony is also listed at the bottom of the docket.
Separate indexes were kept by Courthouse clerks for the bride and groom.
Search Tips: Names within this index are arranged alphabetically by the first letter of the bride or groom’s surname and chronologically by date filed. Use the bookmarked index page to find the appropriate surname section before beginning your search. Please provide the book, volume and license number when requesting references.
Lancaster County Marriage License Index (bride and groom surnames)