FamilySearch Indexing:US, County Marriage Records, Project Updates
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Recent changes to the "How To" library include a new presentation on how to index overlays. View There is a link to the "How To" library on each project update page.
Presentation on how to index documents for this project.
For project information on individual states, click the Overview tab. Please be advised that the Indiana Marriages are a partner project, and they are not covered in these updates.
In some projects, you may see "col" written after a name, often in parentheses. “Col” is an indication of race, not a name or a title or term. This information should not be indexed in county marriage record projects. Click here for an example.
Illinois Marriages - How to find and enter page numbers. Example
The letter C after a name. Many times you will see a (c) after a name- this is not to be indexed.
Consent for Minor to Marry - If present, consider a step-parent as a parent.
Bonds - Bonds should be indexed, not marked No Extractable Data - Examples
Affidavits - index Affidavits - Example - If the dates for the bride and groom are different, use the later date.
Indexes - index if they have the names of the bride and groom and a date - Examples
Florida Page or Certificate Number - Where to find page number - Example
Alabama Report of Marriage Licenses - Index this document - Example
Divorce Records - Divorce records are not indexed on these projects.
Page or Certificate Number - Many index type documents have the bride, groom, marriage date and a page number listed for each couple - there has been a question whether to index this page number - here is the answer: No, do not index the page number that is by each couple when indexing this kind of page. These are indexes and we only want the page number if there is one at the top (or other location) indicating the number of that one page - Example
Age- If the record lists the "age at the next birthday," list the age given - Example
Utah- Many documents have both a stamped number and a handwritten number. Please use the stamped number unless there is only a handwritten number.
Document Types - Index all documents on the image pertaining to a marriage - Alabama Example
Marriage covers - Index if they have the name of the bride or groom, with or without a date - Kentucky Example
Titles or Terms - Some batches do not allow the abbreviation of titles. If the title cannot be abbreviated, enter it as written.
- If there are two or more titles, enter with a space and no punctuation - such as Mr Jr
Names - Review Additional Helps Tab for examples of indexing names.
- Maiden Names - These should be recorded. Example
Other Documents - If there are other documents that do not pertain to a marriage, such as bonds for orphans, mark No Extractable Data
Medical records - are indexed. Information on the same image is combined into one record. On Medical Certificates index the when signed date - Example
Two Numbers on Top of Document - Use the number from the series that is consecutive.
Information in bride and groom columns switched - Type what you see, but in the correct fields.