Kentucky Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979
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|Location of Kentucky|
|Record Type||Marriages Index|
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The records in this collection show marriage records for the years 1785–1979. The index is not complete for any place, region or time. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Name of bride and groom
- Marriage date and place
- Birth date and place
- Parents' names
|Many marriages recorded in the South, are separated by race in volumes, books, or registers. Be sure to check to determine if you have the right set of marriage records.|
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Coverage Table[edit | edit source]
A coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article Kentucky Marriages, Coverage Table - FamilySearch Historical Records.
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name the bride or groom
- The approximate date of marriage
- The place where the marriage occurred
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records. . Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
- Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
- Search for church records
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
- Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Kentucky.
- Kentucky Guided Research
- Kentucky Record Finder
- Kentucky Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Kentucky Research, 1880-Present
FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]
FamilySearch Historical Records[edit | edit source]
- Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954
- Kentucky, Church Marriages, 1824-1995
- Kentucky, Vital Record Indexes, 1911-1999
FamilySearch Digital Library[edit | edit source]
- Historical Records Survey, Service Division, Work Projects Administration. Guide to public vital statistics records in Kentucky. Louisville, Kentucky : Historical Records Survey, 1942
Known Issues[edit | edit source]
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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