Minnesota Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Minnesota, Marriage Index, 1958-2001 .
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- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
The collection consists of an index to marriages, for the years 1958 to 2001, from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Center for Health Statistics, Office of the State Registrar in St. Paul. The index is provided by Ancestry.com.
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Minnesota marriages, click here.
What Can this Collection Tell Me?
The index may contain any of the following information:
- Name of bride and groom
- Birthplace and estimated year of birth for bride and groom
- Parents’ names
- Previous spouses
- Marriage place and date
How Do I Search the Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor.
- The approximate date of marriage.
- The place where the marriage occurred.
- The name of the intended spouse.
Search the Index
Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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.
For tips about searching on-line collections see the wiki article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor in the marriage index, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use the information found in the marriage index to obtain the actual marriage record.
- Use the information found to search for the family in census records.
- Use the information found to search for the family in additional state and county records.
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby states and communities.
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
- "Minnesota Marriage Index, 1958-2001." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. From "Minnesota, Marriage Collection, 1958-2001." Database. Ancestry. http://www.ancestry.com : 2007. Citing Minnesota Center for Health Statistics, Office of the State Registrar, St. Paul.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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