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Marriage Records << Religious Records <<

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Marriage Records Guide

Religious Records-
Marriage Records
What's In Them
Where to Find Them
How to Use Them***

Almost always include:

  • Bride's maiden name
  • Groom's name
  • Date of marriage


  • May also include:
  • Witnesses' names
  • Place of ceremony
  • Residence of bride and groom
  • Religions of bride and groom
  • Places of birth
  • Signatures
  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Marital status (e.g., whether widowed, etc.)
  • Names of parents
  • Name of minister
  • Margin notes re: other events (e.g., marriage)
  • Groom's occupation
  • Other notes - e.g., dispensations

  • IGI:
    http://familysearch.org

    FHL Catalog:
    http://familysearch.org/ search/ searchcatalog.asp

    Direct Contact with the Church

    Centralized Church Archives

    State or local libraries or societies and/or compiled records for that locality as found in http://www.byub.org/ ancestors/ resourceguide

    College & Special Libraries (e.g., DAR)

    Other churches of the same denomination in that area

  • To find ancestors' marriage date and place
  • To find ancestors' place(s) of residence
  • To determine a year of birth for the bride and groom
  • To learn of previous marriages
  • To learn groom's occupation
  • To find clues to family relationships (e.g., through names of witnesses)
  • To discover the names of the preceding generation
  • To correctly ascribe children to appropriate marriage if a parent has married more than once
  • To learn of other possible religious affiliations
  • To see the handwriting of an ancestor
  • To narrow the time period for the death of the first spouse in the case of the widow(er) remarrying
  • To learn of other family connections through dispensation remarks

  • *** Please share your suggestions for other uses of information found in family records here

    For more information on these important records, be sure to catch the Family Records episode of Ancestors on your local PBS station.

     
     
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