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{{Record Search article|CID=CID1807364 |title=Louisiana Parish Marriages, 1837-1957|location=United States}} <br>
  
==== Style Guide ====
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== Record Description  ==
  
For guidelines to use in creating wiki articles that describe collections of images and indexes produced by FamilySearch, see: <br>[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages|FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages]]
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The dates covered by this collection are 1837 to 1957.
  
== Collection Time Period ==
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Most of this collection consists of marriage licenses and certificates, including a few marriage declarations and marriage stubs,
  
The dates covered by this collection are 1837 to 1929.
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The records are arranged by parish (county), then by volume and year range. The form type varies between register style and certificate style. 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.  
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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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.
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to marriages make it possible to access a specific marriage record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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Marriages were usually recorded by the clerk of the district court for each parish (county) from the time the parish 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.  
  
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:<br>• The location where the marriage occurred.<br>• The name of the person at the time of marriage.<br>• The approximate marriage date.<br>• The marriage place.<br>• The name of the intended spouse.
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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;
  
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the marriage records. Compare the information in the marriage record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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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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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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>
  
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. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:<br>• Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information. <br>• 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.<br>• Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records. <br>• Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.<br>• Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.<br>• Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.<br>• The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties. <br>• Compile the marriage 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. <br>• Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same parish 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.<br>• Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.<br>• When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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{{Collection citation | text= "Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957" Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. }}
  
Keep in mind:<br>• The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. <br>• Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.<br>• There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
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[[Louisiana Parish Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:<br>• Check for variant spellings of the surnames.<br>• Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known. <br>• Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. <br>• Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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== Record Content  ==
  
== Record Description ==
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'''Genealogical facts found in these marriage records include the following:'''
  
Most of this collection consists of marriage licenses and certificates, including a few marriage declarations and marriage stubs,
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[[Image:Louisiana Parish Marriage Records 1837-1929 (10-0185) (10-0097) DGS 4286211 27.jpg|thumb|right|Louisiana Parish Marriage Records 1837-1929 (10-0185) (10-0097) DGS 4286211 27.jpg]]
  
The records are arranged by parish (county), then by volume and year range. The form type varies between register style and certificate style. 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.
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*Date and place of marriage
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*Name of groom
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*Groom's birth date and place of birth
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*Groom's current residence, occupation and race
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*Names of groom's parents, including mother's maiden name
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*Birthplace of groom's parents
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*Name of bride
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*Bride's birth date and place of birth
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*Bride's current residence, occupation and race
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*Names of bride's parents, including mother's maiden name
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*Birthplace of bride's parents
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*Number of previous marriages, if any
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*Court where legal proceedings of any divorce were finalized
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*Name of officiator
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*Names of witnesses
  
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.
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== How to Use the Record  ==
  
=== Record Content  ===
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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.
  
'''Genealogical facts found in these marriage records include the following:'''
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Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to marriages make it possible to access a specific marriage record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
• Name of the groom <br>• Name of the bride, often including the maiden name of the bride <br>• Names of the officiator and witnesses <br>• Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom <br>• Date of the marriage <br>• Birthplaces of the bride and groom <br>• Residences of the bride and groom <br>• Age and races of the bride and groom <br>• Marital status of the bride and groom
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'''When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:'''
  
== Record History ==
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*The location where the marriage occurred.
 +
*The name of the person at the time of marriage.
 +
*The approximate marriage date.
 +
*The marriage place.
 +
*The name of the intended spouse.
  
Marriages were usually recorded by the clerk of the district court for each parish (county) from the time the parish 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.
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
=== Why This Record Was Created ===
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To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page<br> ⇒ Select the appropriate "Volume Title and Year" which takes you to the images<br>
  
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.
+
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the marriage records. Compare the information in the marriage record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
  
=== Record Reliability ===
+
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. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
  
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.  
+
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
 +
*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.
 +
*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.
 +
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
 +
*Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 +
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
 +
*Compile the marriage 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 marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same parish 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.
 +
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
 +
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  
== Related Web Sites  ==
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'''Keep in mind:'''
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*The information in marriage 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 1800s.
 +
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
  
[http://www.genwed.com/state/lagen.htm Louisiana Marriage Records]
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'''If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:'''
  
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related web sites here.  
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*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
 +
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
 +
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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== Related Web Sites  ==
  
[[Louisiana_Vital_Records|Louisiana Vital Records]]<br>
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[http://www.genwed.com/state/lagen.htm Louisiana Marriage Records]  
  
== Sources of This Collection ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
“Louisiana Parish Marriage Records, 1837-1929," database, FamilySearch, 2010. Digital copies of originals housed in the clerks’ offices of the district courts in various counties throughout Louisiana. FHL microfilm, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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*[[Louisiana|Louisiana]]
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*[[Louisiana History|Louisiana History]]
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*[[Louisiana Vital Records|Louisiana Vital Records]]
  
'''A full bibliographic record is available in the Family History Library Catalog.'''
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== Contributions to this Article  ==
  
=== Why Should You Cite Your Sources? ===
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When you copy information from a record, you should also list where the information came from so that you or others can find it again. If you keep a list of the searches you make, be sure to include the name you looked for even if you didn’t find any information so that you won’t repeat the search unnecessarily.
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
==== Samples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection ====
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When you copy information from a record, you should also 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.
  
You are welcome to add sample citations to this article. For more information about creating sample citations for this collection or for information about documenting your own sources see the guidelines found at: [[How_to_Cite_FamilySearch_Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]  
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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]].
  
==== Style Guide ====
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
For guidelines to use in creating wiki articles that describe collections of images and indexes produced by FamilySearch, see: <br>[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages|FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages]]
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"Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957," index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VF45-JH4&nbsp;: accessed 14 May 2012), Thomas Martin Gooch, 1953; citing Marriage Records, FHL microfilm 4,256,265; District Courts Clerk's Office, Orleans Parish, New Orleans, Lousiana, United States.
  
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Record Description

The dates covered by this collection are 1837 to 1957.

Most of this collection consists of marriage licenses and certificates, including a few marriage declarations and marriage stubs,

The records are arranged by parish (county), then by volume and year range. The form type varies between register style and certificate style. 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.

Marriages were usually recorded by the clerk of the district court for each parish (county) from the time the parish 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. 

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.

"Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957" Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Genealogical facts found in these marriage records include the following:

Louisiana Parish Marriage Records 1837-1929 (10-0185) (10-0097) DGS 4286211 27.jpg
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name of groom
  • Groom's birth date and place of birth
  • Groom's current residence, occupation and race
  • Names of groom's parents, including mother's maiden name
  • Birthplace of groom's parents
  • Name of bride
  • Bride's birth date and place of birth
  • Bride's current residence, occupation and race
  • Names of bride's parents, including mother's maiden name
  • Birthplace of bride's parents
  • Number of previous marriages, if any
  • Court where legal proceedings of any divorce were finalized
  • Name of officiator
  • Names of witnesses

How to Use the Record

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.

Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to marriages make it possible to access a specific marriage record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  • The location where the marriage occurred.
  • The name of the person at the time of marriage.
  • The approximate marriage date.
  • The marriage place.
  • The name of the intended spouse.

Search the Collection

To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate "Volume Title and Year" which takes you to the images

Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the marriage records. Compare the information in the marriage record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

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. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
  • Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Compile the marriage 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 marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same parish 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.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Keep in mind:

  • The information in marriage 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 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Related Web Sites

Louisiana Marriage Records

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to this Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also 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.

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.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VF45-JH4 : accessed 14 May 2012), Thomas Martin Gooch, 1953; citing Marriage Records, FHL microfilm 4,256,265; District Courts Clerk's Office, Orleans Parish, New Orleans, Lousiana, United States.