FamilySearch Indexing:US, County Marriage Records, Project Updates

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The following observations have been addressed. Click the Discussion tab at the top of this page to report new issues. Please reserve this page for Indexing Support responses.

For project information on individual states, click the Overview tab. Please be advised that the Indiana Marriages are a partner project and they are not covered in these updates. 

Indexes (New 12/19) - index if they have the names of the bride and groom and a date - Examples

Florida Page or Certificate Number (New 12/9) - Where to find page number - Example

Alabama Report of Marriage Licenses (New 12/5) - Index this document - Example

Divorce Records (New 12/5) - Divorce records are not indexed on these projects.

Page or Certificate Number - Many index type documents have the bride, groom, marriage date and a page number listed for each couple - there has been a question whether to index this page number - here is the answer: No, do not index the page number that is by each couple when indexing this kind of page. These are indexes and we only want the page number if there is one at the top (or other location) indicating the number of that one page - Example

Age- If the record lists the "age at the next birthday," list the age given - Example

Utah- Many documents have both a stamped number and a handwritten number. Please use the stamped number unless there is only a handwritten number.

Document Types - Index all documents on the image pertaining to a marriage - Alabama Example

Marriage covers - Index if they have the name of the bride or groom, with or without a date  - Kentucky Example

Titles or Terms - Some batches do not allow the abbreviation of titles. If the title cannot be abbreviated, enter it as written.
 - If there are two or more titles, enter with a space and no punctuation - such as Mr Jr

Names - Review Additional Helps Tab for examples of indexing names.
             - Maiden Names - These should be recorded. Example 

Other Documents - If there are other documents that do not pertain to a marriage, such as bonds for orphans, mark No Extractable Data

Medical records - are indexed. Information on the same image is combined into one record. On Medical Certificates index the when signed date - Example 

Affidavits - index Affidavits - Example

Two Numbers on Top of Document - Use the number from the series that is consecutive.

Information in bride and groom columns switched - Type what you see, but in the correct fields.