Kentucky Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979
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Kentucky, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Marriages Index
Collection years 1785-1979
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What is in This Collection?

The records in this collection show marriage records for the years 1785–1979. The index is not complete for any place, region or time. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information is usually found in these records:

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Marriage date and place

The records may also include the following:

  • Birth date and place
  • Age
  • Parents' names

Collection Content

Coverage Table

A coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article Kentucky Marriages, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Coverage Map

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

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name the bride or groom
  • The approximate date of marriage
  • The place where the marriage occurred

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. . 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 that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

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

  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
  • Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • Search for church records

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

  • 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
  • Consult the Kentucky Record Finder Table to find other records

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979." Database. FamilySearch. : 19 May 2017. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation:
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