The sixth book in this series extends coverage from November 2, 1846, through November 29, 1851. (The earlier volumes spanned the period 1798- October 31, 1846). As with the earlier books, Mr. Ports has compiled his new one from the microfilm of the original records at the Maryland State Archives.
Here are the particulars: The transcribed licenses are presented in a tabular format with the date, license number, name of the groom, name of the bride, surname of the minister (when available), and page number in the original record. The licenses are arranged in alphabetical order by the surname of the groom; the index includes only the surnames of the brides. The researcher should be aware that the record contains only the date that the license was granted, not the date of the marriage ceremony. (The absence of the minister’s surname could indicate that the marriage did not take place, the minister failed to return the license after the ceremony, or the clerk failed to record the name after the return was received.) On other occasions a note indicating the race, previous marital status, or even parentage was added in the original. Such notes appear in italics in the tabular transcription. As he did in Volumes III-V, Mr. Ports has included a table of officiating ministers, indicating each individual’s name, denomination/parish, and the year of the Baltimore city directory wherein such particulars derive. Baltimore County, Maryland, Marriage Licenses, November 2, 1846 to November 29, 1851 references about 10,000 persons.
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