How to Find Indiana Marriage Records

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Indiana became a state in 1816, created from Indiana Territory. Marriage records were recorded as each county was created.

Finding Indiana Marriage Records

  • 1958 Indiana began to record marriages
  • 1816 - 1958, the county clerk began to record marriage records
  • Indiana marriage records are not restricted and can be ordered by anyone during any time period

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

Marriage Records
Choose a time period:

Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages Before 1816

  • Before 1816, marriages were recorded by the county

If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for marriage information in other records.

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records

Military Records

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records

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Marriages 1816 to 1958

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information

Limited marriage records maybe found in the following databases. Try each link. If you do not find your ancestor's marriage or if you want order a copy of the certificate, then contact the County ----- where the event took place. .

Other records with marriage information

Indiana Marriage Databases - Includes Index and Digital Images
Try 1st:
1811  -1959 Indiana Marriages, - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; 
Try 2nd: 1802-1892 Indiana Marriages, at Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;
Free; at FamilySearch
Next try:
Ancestry database: Includes Index Only

Choose one of the following:

1800 -1941 Indiana, Marriage Collection, - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

1800 -1941 Indiana Marriage Collection - use your own Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library

Early through -1850 Indiana Marriage Collection - use Indian State Library Genealogy Database: Indian State Library Genealogy Database
Can't access Ancestry? Go to Step Two: Part B listed below. You may be able to order the marriage record for your ancestor from the County were the marriage took place.

Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No Marriage record for your ancestor?

Other records with marriage information

No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens -- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.

Marriage Records on Microfilm
Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use theFamily History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.

  • Search the FHLC by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local Family Search Center.
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Marriages 1958 to Present

Marriage licenses may be found in the county records where the marriage occurred.

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County where Marriage occurred From IN Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county

Ask for the marriage license or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. The license or register usually contains more information.

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Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in Indiana. by The Indiana historical Records Survey Division of Community Service Programs, Work Projects Administration. Indianapolis, IN.The Indiana Historical Records Survey. July 194.1 FHL Film: 874,046 Item 5. Microfiche: 6,051,202 or Book 977.2 A5h.