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What Happens in Vegas... Gets Recorded Forever -- Just Ask Elvis, Betty White, George Clooney, and Possibly Your Next-Door-Neighbor

Ancestry.com Shares 50 Years of Weddings From the Marriage Mecca

PROVO, UT -- (Marketwire) -- 02/07/13 -- Just in time for Valentine's Day, Ancestry.com, the world's largest online family history resource, is lifting the veil on who got hitched in the unofficial marriage capital of the world. With one couple marrying every three minutes in Nevada, that's a lot of "I Dos" to record.

These records, spanning 1956-2005, range from the weddings of notable celebrities to your average happy couple. Some of the more memorable trips down the aisle in the Ancestry.com Nevada Marriage Collection include:

  • Elvis Presley was "all shook up" when he tied the knot with Priscilla Beaulieu in 1967
  • Robert C. "Evel" Knievel taking the plunge with Krystal M. Kennedy in 1999
  • Demi Moore and Bruce Willis "Moonlighting" at the chapel in 1987
  • Wed in 1963, famous Golden Girl Betty White would be celebrating her "golden" anniversary this year with Allen Ludden
  • Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton's wedding in 2000
  • Famed bachelor George Clooney's 1989 marriage to Talia Balsam
  • Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley giving love a good name in 1989
  • Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra's 1998 vows (not to be confused with the time he married himself!)
  • The 55-hour marriage of Britney Spears and Jason Alexander in 2004
  • Mr. Vegas himself, Wayne Newton and Kathleen Ann McCrone in 1994
  • Glynn Scotty Wolfe -- you may not know his name, but his 29 wives sure did. Mr. Wolfe holds the U.S. record for the most monogamous marriages, with at least one of these weddings occurring in Nevada
  • Bette Midler telling Martin Rochus von Haselberg he was the "wind beneath her wings" in 1984
  • Dina Marie Ruiz going ahead and making Clint Eastwood's day in 1996

"Marriage records are a cornerstone of family history research," said Dan Jones, Vice President of Content Strategy, Ancestry.com. "Vegas records in particular can shed light on a family's inclination towards spontaneity and adventure, or their childhood desire to be married by an Elvis impersonator!"

On a more serious note, Nevada's reputation as a wedding destination (regardless of celebrity status) is well earned. Nevada holds the distinction of having the highest U.S. marriage rate per capita. With 62 marriages performed per 1,000 residents, this is almost eight times the national average. A few more interesting stats:

  • August is the most popular month for Nevada marriages, followed closely by July. The least popular month? January.
  • Following Valentine's Day, the five most popular days of the year to get married in Nevada are:
    • New Year's Eve
    • Fourth of July
    • New Year's Day
    • December 27 (week between Christmas and New Year's)
    • Saturday before Labor Day
  • Six of the top 20 most common days to get married in Nevada fall on the first of the month:
    • January 1
    • September 1
    • July 1
    • May 1
    • April 1
    • June 1

Inspired to do a little digging? In addition to these records, Ancestry.com has nearly 300 million marriage records, spanning all 50 states, more than 16 countries and 500 years. Apart from being a fun way to learn more about family and friends, they are a great resource for any stage of family history research.

Ready to get started? Head on over to Ancestry.com and sign up for a free 14-day trial. (Which is longer than quite a few of the marriages in this collection!)

About Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com Inc. is the world's largest online family history resource, approximately 2 million paying subscribers. More than 11 billion records have been added to the site in the past 16 years. Ancestry users have created more than 44 million family trees containing more than 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, Ancestry.com offers several localized websites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

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