Tennessee, Madison County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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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 images of marriage records and bonds from 1950 to 2008, located in Jackson, Tennessee.
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Tennessee marriages click here.
What Can This Collection Tell Me?
The records usually include:
- Date and place of marriage
- Name and age of the groom
- Name and age of the bride
- Sometimes, name of person giving consent
- Name of the officiator
- Names of witnesses
- Residences of the bride and groom
|Many marriages recorded in the South, are separated by race in volumes, books, or registers. Be sure to check to determine if you have the right set of marriage records.|
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor.
- The date of marriage.
- The place of marriage
- The name of the intended spouse
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "County"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Year Range, and Volume number or letter" which takes you to the images.
Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. 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.
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. Add this new information to your records of each family.
I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
- Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
- 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 marriage number to identify previous marriages.
- The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
- Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
- Search the records of nearby localities.
- Look for a different index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- 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.
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Citing This Collection
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Madison County Clerk. Madison County Courthouse. Jackson, Tennessee.
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