Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Beulah Gerner & Gust Doyle - court transcription of marriage certificate

Yesterday I posted a scan of a photocopy of the "Application for Marriage License," "Marriage License," and "Duplicate Certificate" for Beulah Gerner and Gust Doyle. Today's post is a scan of a "Duplicate Marriage Certificate" which is different a transcription of the court record. This transcribed duplicate has less information than the original from the court record.

Duplicate Marriage Certificate

Book No. 23
Page No. 366
No. 11909
          I, Edward J. Knox, hereby certify that on the 19th day of December one thousand nine hundred and Eleven, at Butler, Pennsylvania, GUS DOYLE and BEULAH GERNER were by me united in marriage in accordance with license issued by the Clerk of the Orphans' Court of Butler County, Pennsylvania.

s/ Edward J. Knox  
Minister of the Gospel

Man: Age at date of application 23
Woman: Age at date of application 23


           I, Judith Moser, Clerk of the Orphans' Court, in and for the County and Commonwealth aforesaid, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the Duplicate Marriage Certificate of GUS DOYLE and BEULAH GERNER as of record of this Court; and that the same remains of record of this Court.

          IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the aforesaid Court at Butler, in the County of Butler, and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this 23rd day of JULY, A.D., 1993.

Judith Moser [printed/rubber stamped signature]
Judith Moser
Clerk of Orphans' Court
My Commission Expires Fitst [sic] Monday of January 1996

  • This is an embossed transcription which (I believe) would serve as a legal document.
  • This transcription of the duplicate certificate omits the occupations of the bride and groom; their residences before marriage; the names of their parents; and whether they had been previously married or divorced.
  • Photocopies of the signatures of the bride and groom are missing in a court transcription.

Despite all of the above drawbacks of a transcription versus a photocopy of an original court record, if a court-made transcription is all that's available, I'd take it over having nothing.



  1. Missy, thank you so much. I appreciate it.

  2. After Bob and I spent a lot of time in the marriage records at our court house looking up marriage records from our church, I found out that the marriage application is not a legal document. The couple gives the Certificate to the minister, he signs it and returns it to the court house. This is the legal document.

    I also got a blue envelope with a This is to Certify form, this was signed by the minister and witnesses, this also is not a legal form. Only the Certificate from the minister is legal. Copies with a seal can be gotten from the court house.


    This was great information.

  3. Thanks for clarification, Eva. The reason I think the blue certificate I scanned and posted is legal is because it has an embossed court seal. Maybe I'm wrong but I think that court seal certifies it as a legal copy. Right? (Or not?)

    I guess at this point, for Beulah and Gust's marriage, it doesn't really make much difference whether it's certified or not (or legal or not) since I'm only using it for genealogical purposes.

    Thanks for sharing.


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