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From: "Rose Core" <>
Subject: RE: [LAORLEAN-L] Marriage certificates
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 23:13:57 -0600
Where does one research for marriage records in Jefferson Parish and St.
Bernard. I found a marriage announcement in a New Orleans newspaper from
1848 performed by Rev. Theodore Clapp, but cannot find any record of it.
Would you be able to shed some light on this one or point me in a direction.
From: Norm Hellmers [mailto:]
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2004 10:53 PM
Subject: Re: [LAORLEAN-L] Marriage certificates
Ill be happy to take a stab at your question. (This issue was discussed a
bit last September.) My opinion is that marriages in New Orleans were
probably almost without exception performed after a license was issued.
Remember that no one can prove a negative. While it may seem to someone that
a marriage was performed without a license, no one can prove this, since it
may simply be that the license has not yet been found. I have a number of
marriages that I know were performed in New Orleans, since I have the church
records to prove it, but despite much searching, I cannot find the civil
marriage license or record. My assumption is that I just havent found the
civil record yet.
If you cannot find these relatives in the index, the Archdiocesan Archives
may be able to find it, if in fact the marriage took place in New Orleans.
The only way to find out is to pay your $12.00, giving them the best
information you have, especially where they were living, and take your
There are other possibilities;
1. They were married somewhere else, such as Jefferson Parish or St.
Bernard Parish, or Mississippi!
2. The Recorders office misspelled their names in the Register.
3. The person who indexed the Register couldnt read the handwriting
and misspelled the names in the index.
Again, not finding it in the index doesnt prove its not there; perhaps you
just havent found it yet.
> I'm pretty sure this has been answered before, but can't remember the
> I have a relative who was married, I'm pretty sure, in New Orleans in
> 1896, but not listed in the index. Is it possible there were only
> church records of this? I have not contacted the Archdiocese about
> their records of the marriage yet.
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