Indiana Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Indiana, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Marriage Index
Collection years 1811-2007
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What is in This Collection?

This collection was indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. It consists of a name index and images of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the state of Indiana between 1811 and 2007. This is an ongoing project, so additional records will be added as indexing is completed. New images are being added as they become available. Early county marriage records were handwritten into bound books with multiple entries to a page. Preprinted register books began to be used about 1850. By 1905, the printed format included only one entry on each page. Clerks of the Circuit Court recorded marriages performed by religious or civil authorities. Records consisted of licenses, marriage returns and marriage entries. The state of Indiana began collecting marriages from the counties in 1958.

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To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Indiana, Marriages, 1811-2007.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Marriage records before 1882 usually contain the following information:

  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Names of the bride and groom

Marriage records from 1882 to 1905 may give the additional information:

  • Age, birthplace and residence of bride and groom
  • Names of parents of bride and groom, including mothers' maiden name
  • Race, color and nationality of bride and groom
  • Occupation of bride and groom
  • Number of the marriage for bride and for groom

Marriage records after 1905 may contain the additional information:

  • Birth date of the bride and groom (instead of the age)
  • Birthplace and residence of parents of bride and groom
  • Occupation, color and nationality are no longer given.

Collection Content

Coverage Table

The following table shows the number of records in this collection by county. Because of privacy laws not all records may be available.

County Records
Adams 39,148
Allen 131,289
Bartholomew 45,580
Benton 21,566
Blackford 18,098
Boone 70,547
Brown 15,463
Carroll 23,427
Cass 0
Clark 152,851
Clay 42,524
Clinton 1
Crawford 0
Daviess 27,824
Dearborn 65,476
Decatur 23,547
DeKalb 62,241
Delaware 58,113
Dubois 35,269
Elkhart 86,499
Fayette 40,892
Floyd 46,835
Fountain 54,192
Franklin 59,888
Fulton 61,335
Gibson 62,582
Grant 1
Greene 2
Hamilton 56,272
Hancock 0
Harrison 47,586
Hendricks 50,243
Henry 42,764
Howard 1
Huntington 34,707
Jackson 30,811
Jasper 2
Jay 53,025
Jefferson 38,992
Jennings 33,884
Johnson 1
Knox 3
Kosciusko 20,395
LaGrange 32,455
Lake 268,107
LaPorte 1
Lawrence 62,432
Madison 6
Marion 7
Marshall 30,618
Martin 13,254
Miami 55,516
Monroe 1
Montgomery 9
Morgan 38,902
Newton 0
Noble 25,500
Ohio 8,231
Orange 24,452
Owen 27,142
Parke 37,312
Perry 29,797
Pike 30,943
Porter 13,050
Posey 0
Pulaski 11,295
Putnam 26,252
Randolph 48,226
Ripley 0
Rush 29,548
Scott 21,260
Shelby 38,905
Spencer 39,479
St. Joseph 67,211
Starke 7,198
Steuben 92,902
Sullivan 46,713
Switzerland 15,615
Tippecanoe 0
Tipton 25,469
Union 0
Vanderburgh 1
Vermillion 25,074
Vigo 140,860
Wabash 56,605
Warren 0
Warrick 29,704
Washington 27,436
Wayne 159,971
Wells 36,327
White 0
Whitley 15,125

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Indiana county marriages, click here.

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The date of the event or the name of a parent or 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

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County of Event - License or Marriage
  2. Select the Volume and Year Range which takes you to the images.

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.


What Do I Do Next?

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

  • Cite the record just in case you need to find it later. See below for help citing this collection.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records.
  • 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. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Indiana, Marriages, 1811-2007." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. County clerk offices, Indiana.
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