Samples of Marriage licenses

Hawai‘i State Archives


Palapala Mare

Marriage license, 1852.

Marriage license, 1896

Marriage license, 1896.


Marriage licenses in the State Archives date from 1826-1929, but the records are incomplete and does not account for all marriage licenses from those years.

All marriage licenses dating from 1826-1895 contain only the names of the bride and groom, their place of residence and date of the license. No other family information was required or recorded.

However, beginning in 1896 marriage licenses recorded additional family information from the bride and groom, such as: nationality, previous marital status, place of residence, and the names and nationality of their parents.

Indexes to the licenses are available and are alphabetical by the last name of either the bride or groom. The index will also cite the date and the book and page where the license was recorded.

If you are unable to visit the Archives to access the indexes, please email us with the name of the bride and groom and their Island of residence. We will conduct a search of the indexes and inform you whether the Archives has a copy of the marriage license or not.