GuidedResearch:Why Can't I Find the Record - Finland Marriages

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Finland Marriages - What else you can try

This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find marriage information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the marriage section of the Finland Guided Research page.

Additional online resources

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Additional Databases and Online Resources




Substitute records

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Additional Records with Marriage Information

Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for marriage events may not have been created at the time of the marriage. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.

Use these additional records to locate marriage information about your ancestor:
Wiki Page
FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
Church Records
See Wiki page
Marriage entries list full names of both husband and wife, date and place of marriage, and often the names of witnesses.
Death Records
Finland Death Guided Research
May include whether married, widowed, or divorced. In the cases of female deaths, may include the name and occupation of the husband.
Census Records
See Wiki page
Census records often list the marital status of each individual in the household.





Improve searching

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Tips for finding marriages

Success with finding marriage records in online databases depends on a few key points: Success with finding birth records in online databases depends on a few key points:

  • Your ancestor's name may misspelled. Try the following search tactics:
  • Try searching for the parents if known, instead of the child.
  • Try different spelling variations of the first and last name of your ancestor (e.g. Aleta, Aletta, Alette).
  • Try a given name search (leave out the last names).
  • The use of patronymic surnames in Finland ended in the late 1800s. (See this article for more information.)
  • Expand the date range of the search.
  • Try searching with the province name only instead of by parish.
  • If your ancestor's name is common, try adding more information to narrow the search, such as relationships.




Why the record may not exist

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Known Record Gaps

Records Start
In general the Lutheran church began keeping records after a 1686 royal decree. Each parish gradually complied with this decree. Record availability before that time period is inconsistent.


Records Published by FamilySearch
Collection coverage tables show the places and time periods of original records published by FamilySearch. For any FamilySearch collections you did not find your ancestor in, check the coverage table for gaps in the online collection. If the time period or location your ancestor lived in is missing from the collection, it may require searches in records found at original repository or finding substitute records for the event.



Records Destroyed
Any known record loss will be mentioned on the parish page. Locate your parish by navigating to the parish page starting here.








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