Michigan, County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Michigan County Marriages, 1820-1935
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Michigan, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Marriage Records
Collection years 1820-1935
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images of marriage registers and certificates from county records for the years 1820 to 1935. The content and time period varies by county. This collection does not include the following counties:

  • Alger
  • Alpena
  • Barry
  • Eaton
  • Gladwin

  • Kalkaska
  • Kent
  • Lenawee
  • Missaukee
  • Monroe

  • Montmorency
  • Oceana
  • Oscoda
  • Schoolcraft
  • Shiawassee

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Michigan County Marriages, 1820-1935.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Marriage records may include:

  • Name of the bride and groom
  • Date of marriage license
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Race of bride and groom
  • Residence of bride and groom
  • Birthplace of bride and groom
  • Name of bride's and groom’s fathers
  • Occupation of bride and groom
  • Maiden name of bride's and groom’s mother
  • Number of times previously married
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name of person performing the marriage
  • Witnesses to the marriage
  • Residence of witnesses

Collection Content

Sample Image

Coverage Map

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

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of the marriage
  • 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

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the Record Type, Year Range, Volume to view 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. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

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

  • Search for the family in census records
  • Search the county where the marriage occurred for church, land, and probate records
  • Search for other vital records, such as birth and death

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 the indexes and records of nearby localities

General Information About These Records

An 1805 law required registration of marriages with the clerk of the local district court. In 1867, an additional law required the counties to send copies of the records to the Office of the State Registrar. A very high percentage of marriages that took place in Michigan were recorded by civil authorities.

Marriages were usually recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the m

Counties in Michigan recorded marriages to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.

The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom. marriage had occurred.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940." Database and images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Various archives, Michigan.

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