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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Vital Records|US Vital Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[How to Find United States Marriage Records|How to Find United States Marriages]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Michigan]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Michigan Vital Records|Vital Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Michigan Marriages'''
 
 
[[How to Find United States Marriage Records|How To Find U.S. Marriage Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] How To Find Michigan Marriage Records
 
  
 
== Finding Michigan Marriage Records  ==
 
== Finding Michigan Marriage Records  ==
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== '''Next Step: When did the marriage occur? '''  ==
 
== '''Next Step: When did the marriage occur? '''  ==
  
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:*'''[[How to Find Michigan Marriage Records#Marriages_Before_1820|Before 1820]]'''  
 
:*'''[[How to Find Michigan Marriage Records#Marriages_Before_1820|Before 1820]]'''  
 
:*'''[[How to Find Michigan Marriage Records#Marriages_1820_to_1867|1820 to 1867]]'''  
 
:*'''[[How to Find Michigan Marriage Records#Marriages_1820_to_1867|1820 to 1867]]'''  
:*'''[[How to Find Michigan Marriage Records#Marriages_1868_to_1925|1868 to 1925]]'''
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:*'''[[How to Find Michigan Marriage Records#Marriages_1868_to_Present|1868 to Present]]'''  
:*'''[[How to Find Michigan Marriage Records#Marriages_1926_to_1935|1926 to 1935]]'''
 
:*'''[[How to Find Michigan Marriage Records#Marriages_1936_to_Present|1936 to Present]]'''  
 
 
:*'''[[How to Estimate United States Marriage Information|Marriage year unknown]]'''
 
:*'''[[How to Estimate United States Marriage Information|Marriage year unknown]]'''
  
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== '''Marriages 1820 to 1867'''  ==
 
== '''Marriages 1820 to 1867'''  ==
  
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="0"
 
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| align="left" colspan="3" | '''Michigan Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images'''
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
| width="10%" | ''Try:''
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|
 
| width="25%" | {{RecordSearch|1810350|Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1867}}
 
| width="65%" |
 
'''Free;''' name index with images online at FamilySearch.
 
  
'''Does not''' include the following counties: Alger, Alpena, Barry, Eaton, Gladwin, Kalkaska, Kent, Lenawee, Missaukee, Monroe, Montmorency, Oceana, Oscoda, Schoolcraft, and Shiawassee.
 
  
<br>
 
  
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==== '''STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index'''  ====
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
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|-
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| colspan="4" | '''Marriage Indexes and Digital Images '''
 +
|-
 +
| width="15%" align="left" | '''Database Name - Index and Image'''
 +
| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | '''Link or links to access database'''
 +
| width="15%" align="center" | # of records
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the online index?'''  
+
| width="30%" | FamilySearch, Marriages, 1820-1940
| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | {{RecordSearch|1810350|On FamilySearch}}; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years; '''Does not''' include the following counties: Alger, Alpena, Barry, Eaton, Gladwin, Kalkaska, Kent, Lenawee, Missaukee, Monroe, Montmorency, Oceana, Oscoda, Schoolcraft, and Shiawassee.
|  
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| align="center" | 371,310
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No marriage record for your ancestor?'''
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| Ancestry, Michigan, County Marriages, 1822-1940
|  
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61374 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Search for Gretna Greens]]-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61374 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]  
 
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| align="center" | 4,451,095
[[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Other records with marriage information]]
 
 
 
|  
 
 
|}
 
|}
  
'''Marriage Records on Microfilm''' <br> Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c= Family Search Center]. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the&nbsp;[http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
 
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|-
::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county.
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| colspan="4" | '''If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:'''
::*Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
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|-
::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
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| width="15%" align="left" | '''Database Name-Index Only '''
<center>[[How to Find Michigan Marriage Records#Finding_Michigan_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | '''Link or links to access database'''
{| width="99%" border="0" align="center"
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| width="15%" align="center" | # of records
 +
|-
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| width="30%" | FamilySearch, Marriages, 1822-1995
 +
| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | {{RecordSearch|1675359|On FamilySearch}}; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years
 +
| align="center" | 1,908,148
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|-
 +
| Ancestry, Michigan, Compiled Marriages, 1817-1850
 +
| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2092 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]  
 +
| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2092 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]
 +
| align="center" | 13,881
 
|-
 
|-
! valign="middle" bgcolor="#302040" scope="col" |  
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1851-1875
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5299 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
 +
| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5299 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]
 +
| align="center" | 51,913
 
|}
 
|}
 
== '''Marriages 1868 to 1925'''  ==
 
  
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="0"
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="0"
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" colspan="3" | '''Michigan Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images'''  
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| '''''Can't access Ancestry?'''''  
|  
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| Visit your [https://www.familysearch.org/locations local family history center] or your local public library.
|
 
 
|-
 
|-
| width="10%" | ''Try 1st:''  
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| width="30%" | '''No marriage record for your ancestor?'''  
 
|  
 
|  
|  
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[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Search for Gretna Greens]]-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive. <br> [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Search other records]] with marriage information.
|-
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|
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|}
| width="25%" | {{RecordSearch|1452395|Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925}}  
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| width="65%" |
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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Record''' ====
'''Free;''' most counties 1868-1925: Free name index with images online at FamilySearch.
 
  
Records include such information as names of bride and groom, date of license, ages, race, residences, birthplaces, occupations and names of the fathers of the bride and groom.
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If you did not find your ancestor in the databases above, follow the instructions below:
  
|-
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'''PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage'''  
| ''Try 2nd:''
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|
 
| {{RecordSearch|1810350|Michigan, County Marriages, 1868-1925}}
 
|
 
'''Free;''' name index with images online at FamilySearch.
 
  
<br> '''Does not''' include the following counties: Alger, Alpena, Barry, Eaton, Gladwin, Kalkaska, Kent, Lenawee, Missaukee, Monroe, Montmorency, Oceana, Oscoda, Schoolcraft, and Shiawassee.  
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:*If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the [http://seekingmichigan.org/about/county-clerks county clerk].
 +
:*If you don't know the date or county of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|other records.]]
  
<br>
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'''PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records'''
  
|-
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:*Order a copy of a marriage record for a fee from the [http://seekingmichigan.org/about/county-clerks county clerk].
| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the online index?'''
 
| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]
 
|
 
|-
 
| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No marriage record for your ancestor?'''
 
|
 
[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Search for Gretna Greens]]-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.  
 
  
[[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Other records with marriage information]]
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''OR''
  
|
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:*View a copy of a marriage record on microfilm at a Family Search Center:
|}
 
  
'''Marriage Records on Microfilm''' <br> Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c= Family Search Center]. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the&nbsp;[http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.  
+
Some images of county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c= Family Search Center]. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the&nbsp;[http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog ] to see what is available.  
  
::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county.  
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::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] by county.  
 
::*Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.  
 
::*Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.  
::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
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::*Some microfilms may be available  to view at a local FamilySearch Center.
 
<center>[[How to Find Michigan Marriage Records#Finding_Michigan_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>  
 
<center>[[How to Find Michigan Marriage Records#Finding_Michigan_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>  
 
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== '''Marriages 1926 to 1935'''<br> ==
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== '''Marriages 1868 to Present'''  ==
 +
 
 +
 
  
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="0"
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==== '''STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index'''  ====
 +
 
 +
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
 +
|-
 +
| colspan="4" | '''Marriage Indexes and Digital Images '''
 +
|-
 +
| width="15%" align="left" | '''Database Name - Index and Image'''
 +
| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | '''Link or links to access database'''
 +
| width="15%" align="center" | # of records
 +
|-
 +
| Ancestry, Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952 
 +
| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9093 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
 +
| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9093 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]
 +
| align="center" | 15,032,934
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" colspan="3" | '''Michigan Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images'''
+
| width="30%" | FamilySearch, Marriages, 1820-1940
|  
+
| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | {{RecordSearch|1810350|On FamilySearch}}; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years; Records include such information as names of bride and groom, date of license, ages, race, residences, birthplaces, occupations and names of the fathers of the bride and groom.
|  
+
| align="center" | 371,310
 
|-
 
|-
| width="10%" | ''Try 1st:''
+
| Ancestry, Michigan, County Marriages, 1822-1940
|  
+
| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61374 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
|  
+
| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61374 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]
 +
| align="center" | 4,451,095
 
|-
 
|-
|
+
| width="30%" | FamilySearch, Marriages, 1868-1925
| width="25%" | {{RecordSearch|1810350|Michigan, County Marriages, 1926-1935}}
+
| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | {{RecordSearch|1452395|On FamilySearch}}; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years; '''Does not''' include the following counties: Alger, Alpena, Barry, Eaton, Gladwin, Kalkaska, Kent, Lenawee, Missaukee, Monroe, Montmorency, Oceana, Oscoda, Schoolcraft, and Shiawassee.  
| width="65%" |  
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| align="center" | 371,310
'''Free;''' most counties 1925-1936: Free name index with images online at FamilySearch.
+
|}
 
 
'''Does not''' include the following counties: Alger, Alpena, Barry, Eaton, Gladwin, Kalkaska, Kent, Lenawee, Missaukee, Monroe, Montmorency, Oceana, Oscoda, Schoolcraft, and Shiawassee.  
 
  
 +
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
 
|-
 
|-
| width="10%" | ''Try 2nd:''  
+
| colspan="4" | '''If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:'''
|
 
|
 
 
|-
 
|-
|  
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| width="15%" align="left" | '''Database Name-Index Only '''
| [http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_8723_11893_41510-143215--,00.html County Clerk]
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | '''Link or links to access database'''
| If you do not find your ancestor in the marriage index you may order a marriage record. Contact the [http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_8723_11893_41510-143215--,00.html county clerk] where you think the marriage took place. It is usually less expensive to order a marriage record from the county clerk, so begin your search with the county clerk.
+
| width="15%" align="center" | # of records
 
|-
 
|-
| width="10%" | ''Try 3rd:''
+
| width="30%" | FamilySearch, Marriages, 1822-1995
|  
+
| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | {{RecordSearch|1675359|On FamilySearch}}; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years
|  
+
| align="center" | 1,908,148
 
|-
 
|-
|  
+
| Ancestry, Marriages, 1851-1875
| [http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-4645---,00.html Michigan Department of Health]  
+
| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5299 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]  
| If you do not find your ancestor in the marriage index you may order a marriage record.Contact the [http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-4645---,00.html Michigan Department of Public Health]. If you are unsure about the marriage year, the Michigan Department of Public Health charges $12 more for each year searched. It is usually less expensive to order a marriage record from the county clerk, so begin your search with the county clerk.
+
| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5299 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]
<br>
+
| align="center" | 51,913
 +
|}
  
 +
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="0"
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the online index?'''  
+
| '''''Can't access Ancestry?'''''  
| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]
+
| Visit your [https://www.familysearch.org/locations local family history center] or your local public library.
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No marriage record for your ancestor?'''  
+
| width="30%" | '''No marriage record for your ancestor?'''  
 
|  
 
|  
[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Search for Gretna Greens]]-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.  
+
[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Search for Gretna Greens]]-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive. <br> [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Search other records]] with marriage information.  
  
[[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Other records with marriage information]]
+
|}
  
|}
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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Record'''  ====
  
'''Marriage Records on Microfilm''' <br> Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c= Family Search Center]. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the&nbsp;[http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.
+
If you did not find your ancestor in the databases above, follow the instructions below:  
  
::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county.
+
'''PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage'''
::*Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
 
::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
 
<center>[[How to Find Michigan Marriage Records#Finding_Michigan_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>
 
{| width="99%" border="0" align="center"
 
|-
 
! valign="middle" bgcolor="#302040" scope="col" |
 
|}
 
  
== '''Marriages 1936 to Present'''  ==
+
:*If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the [http://seekingmichigan.org/about/county-clerks county clerk].
 +
:*If you don't know the date or county of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|other records.]]
  
Marriage licenses may be found in the county records where the marriage occurred.
+
'''PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records'''
  
'''STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information'''
+
:*Order a copy of a marriage record for a fee from the [http://seekingmichigan.org/about/county-clerks county clerk].
  
:*Copies may be ordered from the [http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_8723_11893_41510-143215--,00.html county clerk].
+
''OR''
  
:*Copies may be ordered from the [http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-4645---,00.html Michigan Department of Public Health].
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:*Order a copy of a marriage record for a fee from the [http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-4645---,00.html Michigan Department of Public Health].
  
 
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
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| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Marriage Certificates'''
 
| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Marriage Certificates'''
 
|-
 
|-
| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_8723_11893_41510-143215--,00.html From County where Marriage occurred]  
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://seekingmichigan.org/about/county-clerks From County where Marriage occurred]  
 
| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-4645---,00.html From MI Dept. of Health State office]
 
| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-4645---,00.html From MI Dept. of Health State office]
 
|-
 
|-
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| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state  
 
| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state  
 
| County websites can be more difficult to use  
 
| County websites can be more difficult to use  
| Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee
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| Expedited service available through [https://www.vitalchek.com/marriage-records/michigan/michigan-vital-records VitalChek]
 
| May be more expensive than ordering from the county
 
| May be more expensive than ordering from the county
 
|}
 
|}
  
{{Tip|'''''When ordering Michigan marriage records:'''''}}
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''OR''  
 +
 
 +
:*View a copy of a marriage record on microfilm at a Family Search Center:
 +
 
 +
Some images of county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c= Family Search Center]. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the&nbsp;[http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog ] to see what is available.
  
Ask for the marriage license or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. The license or register usually contains more information.<br> <br>
+
::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog] by county.
 +
::*Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.  
 +
::*Some microfilms may be available to view at a local FamilySearch Center.
 
<center>[[How to Find Michigan Marriage Records#Finding_Michigan_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>  
 
<center>[[How to Find Michigan Marriage Records#Finding_Michigan_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>  
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== Wiki Articles  ==
  
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Latest revision as of 19:14, 21 September 2017

United States Gotoarrow.png US Vital Records Gotoarrow.png How to Find United States Marriages Gotoarrow.png Michigan Gotoarrow.png Vital Records Gotoarrow.png Michigan Marriages

Finding Michigan Marriage Records

  • 1 April 1867, the county clerk began to forward marriage records to the secretary of state
  • An additional 1905 law resulted in greater statewide compliance
  • In 1911 Michigan law required statewide registration of marriages
  • Michigan 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 1820

  • Before 1805, no marriages were recorded by the county or state
  • 1805 to 1820 very few records exist


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

Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records

Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

Marriages 1820 to 1867

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index

Marriage Indexes and Digital Images
Database Name - Index and Image Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1820-1940 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years; Does not include the following counties: Alger, Alpena, Barry, Eaton, Gladwin, Kalkaska, Kent, Lenawee, Missaukee, Monroe, Montmorency, Oceana, Oscoda, Schoolcraft, and Shiawassee. 371,310
Ancestry, Michigan, County Marriages, 1822-1940 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 4,451,095
If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1822-1995 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 1,908,148
Ancestry, Michigan, Compiled Marriages, 1817-1850 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 13,881
Ancestry, Marriages, 1851-1875 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 51,913
Can't access Ancestry? Visit your local family history center or your local public library.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

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

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

If you did not find your ancestor in the databases above, follow the instructions below:

PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

  • If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the county clerk.
  • If you don't know the date or county of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in other records.

PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records

  • Order a copy of a marriage record for a fee from the county clerk.

OR

  • View a copy of a marriage record on microfilm at a Family Search Center:

Some images of 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 the FamilySearch Catalog to see what is available.

  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • Some microfilms may be available to view at a local FamilySearch Center.
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Marriages 1868 to Present

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index

Marriage Indexes and Digital Images
Database Name - Index and Image Link or links to access database # of records
Ancestry, Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 15,032,934
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1820-1940 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years; Records include such information as names of bride and groom, date of license, ages, race, residences, birthplaces, occupations and names of the fathers of the bride and groom. 371,310
Ancestry, Michigan, County Marriages, 1822-1940 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 4,451,095
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1868-1925 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years; Does not include the following counties: Alger, Alpena, Barry, Eaton, Gladwin, Kalkaska, Kent, Lenawee, Missaukee, Monroe, Montmorency, Oceana, Oscoda, Schoolcraft, and Shiawassee. 371,310
If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1822-1995 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 1,908,148
Ancestry, Marriages, 1851-1875 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 51,913
Can't access Ancestry? Visit your local family history center or your local public library.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

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

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

If you did not find your ancestor in the databases above, follow the instructions below:

PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

  • If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the county clerk.
  • If you don't know the date or county of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in other records.

PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records

  • Order a copy of a marriage record for a fee from the county clerk.

OR

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County where Marriage occurred From MI 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 Expedited service available through VitalChek May be more expensive than ordering from the county

OR

  • View a copy of a marriage record on microfilm at a Family Search Center:

Some images of 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 the FamilySearch Catalog to see what is available.

  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • Some microfilms may be available to view at a local FamilySearch Center.
Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

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