"Do you happen to know whether military couples who were married at base chapels (instead of local churches, etc.) during World War II were somehow exempt from local/county/state license requirements? I’ve come across two family members who were married at base chapels (one in Texas, another in California) where I haven’t been able to find marriage certificates. In one case, I’ve found hometown newspaper reports of the marriage; in the other case, I have the wedding date from family records. This doesn’t seem very plausible to me, but I’m stumped at not being able to find records at either Ancestry or Family Search for these events."
This is an issue with which I have no experience, and I don't recall reading about it on websites or genea-blogs over the years.
A FindLaw article on "What Are Military Marriage Laws" says:
"For military couples who are both U.S. citizens seeking to marry on U.S. soil, the whole marriage process works the same as it does for civilian couples. The couple will need to obtain a marriage license and the application process will vary by state. Married military couples share property the same way as do married civilian couples."
But that's the current situation, not World War II.
I'm sure someone knows the answer - do any of my faithful readers have knowledge or experience about this issue?
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