Michigan, County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Michigan County Marriages, 1820-1935 .
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|Michigan, United States|
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|Location of Michigan|
|Record Type||Marriage Records|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 Coverage Map
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 5 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 6 What Do I Do Next?
- 7 General Information About These Records
- 8 Known Issues with This Collection
- 9 Citing This Collection
- 10 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
The collection consists of an index and images of marriage registers and certificates from county records for the years 1820 to 1935. The content and time period varies by county. This collection does not include the following counties:
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Michigan County Marriages, 1820-1935.|
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Michigan marriages, click here.
What Can These Records Tell Me?
Information found in Michigan marriage records include:
- Name of the bride and groom
- Date of marriage license
- Date and place of marriage
- Age of bride and groom
- Race of bride and groom
- Residence of bride and groom
- Birthplace of bride and groom
- Name of bride's and groom’s fathers
- Occupation of bride and groom
Later records also include the following:
- Maiden name of bride's and groom’s mother
- Number of times previously married
- Date and place of marriage
- Name of person performing the marriage
- Witnesses to the marriage
- Residence of witnesses
How Do I Search This Collection?
To begin your search, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor.
- The approximate date of the marriage.
- The place where the marriage occurred.
- The name of the intended spouse.
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own 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.
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "County"
⇒Select the "Record Type, Year Range, Volume" which takes you to the images.
Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
With either search keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Michigan, county marriages, 1820-1935. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
What Do I Do Next?
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.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- 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.
- Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
General Information About These Records
An 1805 law required registration of marriages with the clerk of the local district court. In 1867, an additional law required the counties to send copies of the records to the Office of the State Registrar. A very high percentage of marriages that took place in Michigan were recorded by civil authorities.
Marriages were usually recorded by the clerk of the district 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 m
Counties in Michigan recorded marriages 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. marriage had occurred.
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).
Known Issues with This Collection
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Citing This Collection
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
- "Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Various archives, Michigan.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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