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== What is in This Collection?  == 
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This collection includes marriage records from 1797 to 1954 and include bonds, licenses, certificates, and returns.  
  
 
Most of this collection consists of marriage licenses and certificates, including a few marriage declarations, birth records, and death records.  
 
Most of this collection consists of marriage licenses and certificates, including a few marriage declarations, birth records, and death records.  
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The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page. Later they were recorded as handwritten entries in preprinted volumes.  
 
The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page. Later they were recorded as handwritten entries in preprinted volumes.  
  
Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the County Court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.&nbsp; Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.&nbsp; The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.&nbsp;
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Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the County Court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.&nbsp; Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.&nbsp; The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.
 
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
 
  
{{Collection citation | text= "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Clerk of the County Court. Madison County Courthouse, Richmond.}}
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==What Can These Records Tell Me?==
 
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The following information may be found in these records:
[[Kentucky County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
<gallery widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">
 
Image:Kentucky County Records 1797-1954 (10-0084) Marriage DGS 4542765 106.jpg|Marriage Record
 
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Information found in the marriage records includes the following:  
 
  
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'''Marriage'''
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Groom's name  
 
*Groom's name  
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*Bride and Groom's race  
 
*Bride and Groom's race  
 
*Marital status of the bride and groom
 
*Marital status of the bride and groom
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{{Tip|'''Many marriages recorded in the South, are separated by race in volumes, books, or registers.''' Be sure to check to determine if you have the right set of marriage records.}}
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Coverage Table ===
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The coverage table shows the counties and time periods covered in the indexed records for this collection. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period. <br>
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Be aware that indexing for this collection is not complete. This table only shows what has been completed up to November 2014.<br> <br>
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Kentucky marriages, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/KY_FRM.html here].
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| Adair
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| 1801-1916; 1919; 1946; 1958; 1967
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| Anderson
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| 1803; 1837-1858; 1860-1866; 1868; 1893; 1939
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| Ballard
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| 1908-1911; 1913-1914
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| Bath
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| 1803; 1810-1839; 1842-1849; 1851-1862; 1867; 1951
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| Bourbon
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| 1737; 1789; 1786-1895; 1897; 1901; 1919
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| Boyd
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| 1860-1868
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| Bracken
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| 1795; 1797-1876; 1878-1880; 1889; 1895-1899; 1910
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| Harrison
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| 1695; 1794-1869; 1880; 1886; 1888-1890; 1894; 1896-1897; 1904; 1936;-1938; 1955
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| Madison
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| 1786-1830; 1832-1866; 1869; 1871-1872; 1879; 1887; 1928; 1936; 1962; 1865
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| Magoffin
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| 1800-1802; 1806;1809; 1822; 1826; 1830; 1835; 1841;1844; 1847l 1853,-1854; 1860-1952; 1954; 1957
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| Marion
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| 1867; 1868-1901
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| Martin
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| 1914-1917
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| Mason
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| 1796-1797; 1818; 1821; 1826-1828; 1830; 1833-1851; 1855-1859; 1881; 1944; 1946
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| Meade
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| 1808; 1821; 1824-1913; 1917; 1933; 1946; 1954
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| Menifee
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| 1869-1881; 1883
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| Mercer
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| 1709; 1777; 1780; 1786-1895; 1902-1909; 1918; 1937; 1952; 1958
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| Metcalfe
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| 1857; 1867-1884; 1888
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| Monroe
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| 1868-1870; 1885-1901
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| Muhlenberg
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| 1839; 1857-1905; 1907; 1909; 1962
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| Nelson
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| 1705-1706; 1734; 1739; 1765;1769; 1776; 1778; 1782-1951; 1955
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When searching the records it is helpful to know the following:
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=== Sample Image ===   
 
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*The approximate date and place of the marriage
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Image:Kentucky County Records 1797-1954 (10-0084) Marriage DGS 4542765 106.jpg|Marriage Record
*The names of the bride and groom
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Image:Kentucky Marriages 005558640 00031.jpg|Marriage License and Certificate
 
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==== Search the Collection ====
 
  
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. Keep in mind:
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=== Digital Folder Number List ===
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{{DFNL_List
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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Before searching the collection, it is helpful to know:
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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*The name of your ancestor
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*The approximate date of marriage
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*The place where the marriage occurred
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*The name of the intended spouse
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=== Search the Index ===
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=== View the Images ===
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|CID = 1804888 }}
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{{Tip | More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1804888 Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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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. Keep track of your research in a [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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==What Do I Do Next?==
 
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When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? === 
 
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*Make sure you look at the original record if it is available. They often contain more information than what was indexed
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
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*Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date
*Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records  
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records  
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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===I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?===  
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
 
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*Search the marriage indexes and records of nearby counties.
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
 
 
 
*The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
 
 
 
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ====
 
 
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
  
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=== Research Helps ===
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The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of [[Kentucky, United States Genealogy|Kentucky]].
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* [[GuidedResearch:Kentucky|Kentucky Guided Research]]
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* [[Kentucky Record Finder]]
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* [[Kentucky Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
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* [[Step-by-Step Kentucky Research, 1880-Present|Step-by-Step Research]]
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Kentucky County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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== Citing This Collection ==
 
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Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
[http://recordsproject.com/marriage/kentucky.asp Kentucky Marriage Records]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Kentucky]]
 
*[[Kentucky Vital Records]]
 
 
 
== Contributions to this Article  ==
 
 
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
Citations for individual image records are abailable for this collection. Browse through these images in this collection and click on, "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1804888/waypoints Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954]
 
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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A suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the wiki article;[[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
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[[Category:Kentucky FamilySearch Historical Records|Vital Records]]
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Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1797-1954
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes marriage records from 1797 to 1954 and include bonds, licenses, certificates, and returns.

Most of this collection consists of marriage licenses and certificates, including a few marriage declarations, birth records, and death records.

The records are arranged by county, then by volume and year range. The form type varies between register style and certificate style. County clerks usually used the same printed form during the same time periods. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some records.

The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page. Later they were recorded as handwritten entries in preprinted volumes.

Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the County Court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.  Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.  The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Marriage

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name
  • Bride's name including her maiden name
  • Names of the officiator and witnesses
  • Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom
  • Groom's place of birth
  • Bride's place of birth
  • Residences of the bride and groom
  • Bride and Groom's age
  • Bride and Groom's race
  • Marital status of the bride and groom

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

The coverage table shows the counties and time periods covered in the indexed records for this collection. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.
Be aware that indexing for this collection is not complete. This table only shows what has been completed up to November 2014.

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Kentucky marriages, click here.

County Years Covered in Index
Adair 1801-1916; 1919; 1946; 1958; 1967
Anderson 1803; 1837-1858; 1860-1866; 1868; 1893; 1939
Ballard 1908-1911; 1913-1914
Bath 1803; 1810-1839; 1842-1849; 1851-1862; 1867; 1951
Bourbon 1737; 1789; 1786-1895; 1897; 1901; 1919
Boyd 1860-1868
Bracken 1795; 1797-1876; 1878-1880; 1889; 1895-1899; 1910
Harrison 1695; 1794-1869; 1880; 1886; 1888-1890; 1894; 1896-1897; 1904; 1936;-1938; 1955
Madison 1786-1830; 1832-1866; 1869; 1871-1872; 1879; 1887; 1928; 1936; 1962; 1865
Magoffin 1800-1802; 1806;1809; 1822; 1826; 1830; 1835; 1841;1844; 1847l 1853,-1854; 1860-1952; 1954; 1957
Marion 1867; 1868-1901
Martin 1914-1917
Mason 1796-1797; 1818; 1821; 1826-1828; 1830; 1833-1851; 1855-1859; 1881; 1944; 1946
Meade 1808; 1821; 1824-1913; 1917; 1933; 1946; 1954
Menifee 1869-1881; 1883
Mercer 1709; 1777; 1780; 1786-1895; 1902-1909; 1918; 1937; 1952; 1958
Metcalfe 1857; 1867-1884; 1888
Monroe 1868-1870; 1885-1901
Muhlenberg 1839; 1857-1905; 1907; 1909; 1962
Nelson 1705-1706; 1734; 1739; 1765;1769; 1776; 1778; 1782-1951; 1955

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. The list does not contain any description of the DGS folder's content. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at Kentucky, County Marriages Digital Folder Number List.


How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching the collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of marriage
  • The place where the marriage occurred
  • The name of the intended spouse

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:
  1. Look at the Kentucky, County Marriages Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Make sure you look at the original record if it is available. They often contain more information than what was indexed
  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Search the marriage indexes and records of nearby counties.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Kentucky.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.