Can't find a marriage license?

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Looking for a little advice here.....

My father, James Aubrey Farthing and my mother, Wanda Dale Meade, were married some time in the 1960s. I believe that they married Volusia County, Florida. I have searched every source I can think of but cannot find a marriage license for them. I have found a divorce certificate from 1971 but no marriage license.

I have searched the state of Florida records, not there. I know that at the time they should have gotten married, I have been searching 1960 - 1970, there were people that went to South Carolina to get married because you could get a license and married pretty much immediately. I have also checked the state of Virginia in case they wanted to be close to family when they got married, and they were both from the Danville, VA area as well as Georgia and North Carolina just to make sure I had all of my bases covered.

I have also searched on Ancestry and FamilySearch to no avail.

Anyone have any advice about where I may be able to find a record?

Thanks!

JIm
WikiTree profile: James Farthing
in Genealogy Help by Jim Farthing G2G1 (1.8k points)

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Thanks for the advice to both of you!

I will definitely check into getting a copy of the divorce decree.

Jim
by Jim Farthing G2G1 (1.8k points)
selected by Anne X
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Maybe you could order a copy of the divorce certificate? The original might have the marriage date or place. You have to prove you were married to get a divorce. Just a thought.
by Katrina Whitaker G2G6 Mach 3 (35.2k points)
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A Divorce Decree/Certificate is not likely to contain the marriage data. However, it will give you the jurisdiction and case number of the divorce proceeding. That will give you the location where you can request a copy of the divorce petition, which will include the date and place of marriage, which will give you a location to request a marriage record. Privacy considerations may or may not come into play, depending on the jurisdiction. You may need to establish your reason/right to access the record. Good luck!
by Jim Parish G2G6 Pilot (158k points)

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