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Chinese Marriage Documents

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The entire collection is scanned and online.

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This collection contains marriage documents from 1909 to 1997, including marriage certificates, wedding and engagement invitations, child bride agreements, uxorilocal marriage documents, remarriage agreements, divorce certificates and documents of marriage law. These marriage documents reflect the situations and transitions of marriage from the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911) to Republican China (1911-1949), and to the PRC period. They are precious and important primary sources to study the history of marriage in China and its relationship with Chinese economic and political evolution. Some documents possess interesting historical contents, which have been translated into English and attached to each entry. Read more...

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