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 separately by the first letter of the surname and then by first letter of given name. Names are indexed chronologically by date filed. To make your search quicker, the second letter of the decedent’s surname is written in the far left column. Use the bookmark feature within the index to quickly navigate to the appropriate first name section.
Lancaster County Marriage License Indexes (bride and groom surnames)