Marriages Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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| This article contains information about various collections of vital records.
What is in This Collection?
These collections are electronic indexes comprised of the following:
The Vital Record Indexes are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. These collections may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections. Sometimes we identify a set of entries for a locality and record type that form their own collection. When these are identified and pulled together into the new “complete” collection (usually with images), the entries are removed from the Vital Records Index collection.
What Can these Records Tell Me?
Marriage index entries generally include:
How Do I Search the Collection?
You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:
Search the Index
Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
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?
Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?
Indexing Project (Batch) Numbers
Individual indexing projects were given a unique number called a batch number. The batch numbers listed in this index are links. Clicking on the batch number will display an alphabetical list of all the index entries in that batch.
Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection
Each entry in this index includes a source film number. You may find additional information by searching the film. These film numbers are FamilySearch Catalog numbers. To find more information about a specific FHL film number, search for it in the FamilySearch Catalog. Many of these films are in the process of being digitized and there may be images available of the films in the catalog section of FamilySearch.
The following wiki articles have more information on batch numbers:
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