Public marriage records that are available in order for people to search the databases and find out if someone is married or not and more details can help in many instances. It is possible to find out if a person is divorced as well, how many husbands or wives they may have been married to in the past and for how long. This information is not only used by the public to run a background check and find out more details on somebody but also by private investigators and even the police working on investigations to find out if somebody is hiding true facts from another.
Many available public marriage records are used by adopted or separated children who are trying to find out or trace the identities of their natural parents. Relationships that become threatened often result in either partner wanting to find out more about the history of their partner and will run background checks to find out if they were married or divorced previously. Lawyers will often search the same databases and so will employers who may feel for instance that a potential employee is not telling the truth about his or her marital status.
Other popular search facilities include looking up the history of a family tree, legal documents, birth and death records, shipping, slaves, surnames, tribal and telephone numbers. The South African Department of Home Affairs keeps massive databases with information on the marital status of people that dates back to the early 1900’s. No matter what your reason is in finding out whether someone is single, married or divorced, you are entitled to browse and search through the public marriage records available to you.