May 22nd, 2012

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Marriage and the Un-Common Law

Back when I was 15 years old, I helped my mother research her genealogy. It was then that I learned that Indiana passed a law around 1911 that said that from henceforth, common law marriages would not be recognized in the State. This was about the time that Kentucky ordered that henceforth, records of births and deaths and marriages within the Commonwealth would all be kept by their Bureau of Vital Statistics in Frankfort; older records, such as they were, were allowed to remain in the custody of County Clerks' offices. Collapse )