Wisconsin, Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Wisconsin Marriage Index, 1973-1997
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|Wisconsin, United States|
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|Location of Wisconsin|
|Record Type||Marriage Index|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
The collection consists of an index to marriages from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services in Madison for the years 1973 to 1997. The index is provided by Ancestry.com.
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
- Name of bride and groom
- Marriage date and place
- Name of spouse (May only list surname)
- Age and birth year of bride and groom
- Certificate number
- Film number
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Wisconsin county marriages, click here.
How Do I Search This Collection?
You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The name of the spouse or the date of the event
Search the Index
Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
- Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
- 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 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?
- Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date and to find a birth and death record
- Use the information to find civil and church records
- Use the information to find additional family members in censuses
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- Try viewing the original record. Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search
- Try variant spellings of your ancestor’s name
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
- Consult the Wisconsin Research Tips and Strategies and its Record Finder to search other records
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
- "Wisconsin Marriage Index, 1973-1997." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. From "Wisconsin Marriages, 1973-1997." Database. Ancestry. http://www.ancestry.com : 2005. Citing Department of Health and Family Services, Madison.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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