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Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007
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Location of Indiana
Record Description
Record Type Marriage Index
Collection years 1811-2007
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Related Websites
Indiana Commission on Public Records

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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. Pre-printed 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.

The images in this collection contain a watermark that reads, "Unofficial Record". This is to identify the records are for personal genealogical use only and are not valid as any form of official identification.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Indiana, Marriages, 1811-2007.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Prior to 1882

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

1882 to 1905

  • 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

After 1905

  • 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[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

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

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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 to view the images

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 or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other vital records such as birth, baptism, and death
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
  • Witnesses to marriages were usually family members

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Try searching by surname only
  • The person may be recorded with an abbreviated or variant form of their name
  • Remember that spelling was generally not standardized until the early part of the 20th century
  • 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 Indiana.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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