Saturday, April 11, 2009

Church Record Sunday: Matrimonial Investigation Records

The Matrimonial Investigation Records of the San Gabriel Mission can be found at the Claremont Colleges Digital Library,

This collection is digitized and you can enlarge pages and manipulate the viewing screen, similar to other pdf document viewers, as well as print pages from your computer. The website states, “these records, predominately from the Mission San Gabriel (other California Missions are also represented), consist of notarized interviews with couples requesting marriage in the Roman Catholic Church during the period 1788-1861.”

Matrimonial Investigations were done to verify that the bride and groom were free to marry, i.e., not currently married, not related, etc…

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