Idaho, County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Idaho County Marriages, 1864-1950
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|Idaho, United States|
|Flag of Idaho|
|Location of Idaho|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
The collection consists of a name index and images of Idaho county marriages acquired from local courthouses for the years 1864 to 1950. Currently the collection includes the following counties: Ada, Adams, Benewah, Blaine, Bonner, Bonneville, Butte, Camas, Canyon, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Custer, Elmore, Franklin, Fremont, Gem, Gooding, Idaho, Jefferson, Jerome, Kootenai, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Oneida, Payette, Power, Shoshone, Teton, Twin Falls, Valley, and Washington. The collection also includes records for the towns of Ashton and Marysville. Bannock County marriages are not currently apart of this collection.
About half the records are single page records or registers and another half are packet style with packet cover and related documents. Included in this collection are marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. The collection may also include some loose documents. The first laws in Idaho Territory concerning marriages were enacted in 1864. The first Territorial Legislative Assembly made provisions for books in which to record certificates issued by the person performing the marriage ceremony, as well as contracts made by individuals. Although some early Idaho Territorial marriage contracts were recorded, most were not. Pre-1895 records located in the county courthouses of Idaho are certificates issued by the person performing the marriage ceremony. County recorders have records of marriages since the date each county was organized. In addition to the register, most counties will also have the original marriage applications. These are especially valuable if one or both marriage parties are under legal age as permission from the parent or guardian is included. No licenses were required before 11 March 1895. Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to safeguard the interests of the wife and other heirs. The date and place of marriage and the name of the presiding official are quite reliable. Other information depends upon the knowledge and reliability of the informants, usually the bride and groom.
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Idaho County Marriages, 1864-1950.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
Information found in most Idaho marriage records may include:
- Names of the groom and bride
- Current county and state of their residence
- Date and place license was issued
- Date and place of marriage
- Names of witnesses
- Presiding official
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Idaho marriages, click here.
How Do I Search the Collection?
You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- Name of the person
- The name of a parent or date of the event
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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.
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What Do I Do Next?
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
- Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and death records.
- Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
- Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members.
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
- Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
- Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
- Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.
Citing This Collection
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- "Idaho, County Marriages, 1864-1950." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. County Courthouses, Idaho.
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