How to Find Indiana Marriage Records
How To Find U.S. Marriage Records 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
|More marriage information is usually found on the marriage license application or the marriage register. Less information is found on the marriage certificate.|
Next Step: When did the marriage occur?
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
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. .
|Indiana Marriage Databases - Includes Index and Digital Images|
|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|
|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?|
|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.
Marriages 1958 to Present
Marriage licenses may be found in the county records where the marriage occurred.
STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information
- Copies may be ordered from thecounty: Clerk of Circuit Court or Clerk of Superior Court.
- Copies may be ordered from theIndiana Department of Public Health.
|To Order Marriage Certificates|
|From County where Marriage occurred||From IN Dept. of Health State office|
|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|
|When Ordering Indiana Marriage Records:|
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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- Indiana Vital Records
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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.