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Wiki Survey Option A

Using the  Michigan County Marriage Records information and databases listed below,
complete the following tasks. 

1. Find the marriage date for Laura Jakeway and John Corrigan. They were both from Kent County, Michigan. Laura’s birth year was 1881.
2. Find Laura’s mother’s maiden name.
3. Where was John Corrigan born?
4. When you have finished the tasks, complete the questions concerning your experience on the paper survey.

Michigan County Marriage Records

In 1805 the law required the clerk of the local district court to register marriages. Most counties kept marriage records from the date the county was created. You may obtain copies from the county clerk's office. FamilySearch has copies of many Michigan county marriage records and indexes on microfilm and online. When possible, it is best to see an image of the original record. Additional information about your family which is on the record may not have been abstracted to the index.

   How to Find Marriage Records

When searching for a marriage record ask yourself the following questions:

--Are records available for the dates when I would expect my ancestor to be getting married?
--Is the database complete? Does it include all counties in the state?
--Is the database an index only? Will I need to order a film to see the original marriage record?
--Does the database contain images to the records which I can see online?
--Have I looked beyond the marriage date and names of the bride and groom for more family information which may be included in the record?
--Does a different type of marriage record from the same county contain additional information about my family?
Online Michigan Marriage Records
  • 1820-1935 Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1935 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.
  • 1822-1995 Michigan, Marriages, 1822-1995 Free online index. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers.
  • 1868-1925 Michigan Marriages, 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.

Thank your for your participation in this task and survey!