Illinois, Church Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Illinois, Church Marriages, 1805-1985
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Illinois, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Church Marriages
Collection years 1805-1985
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What is in This Collection?

This collection is an index to selected marriages from some churches in Illinois for the years 1805-1985. Images are unavailable due to privacy restrictions.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Marriage records may contain the following information for both bride and groom:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Birth year
  • Birth place
  • Parents’ names
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Marital status
  • Race
  • Previous spouse
  • Title
  • DGS number
  • File number
  • Page/Volume/Entry/Certificate number

Collection Content

An example of information contained in an indexed record:

Emma J. Buse
Name Lewis Hammock
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 05 Oct 1876
Event Place Cairo, Alexander, Illinois, United States
Gender Male
Spouse's Name Emma J. Buse
Spouse,s Gender Female
Church First United Methodist Church

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate marriage date
  • The place where the marriage occurred
  • The name of the intended spouse

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

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.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the index to locate the actual marriage record
  • Search for the family in census records
  • Look for additional vital records, such as birth and death
  • Search for church, land, and probate records

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Search records of nearby localities
  • Consult the Illinois Record Finder Table to find other records

Citing this Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Illinois, Church Marriages, 1805-1985." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing various churches.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.

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