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Finding Michigan Marriage Records

Since 1805 Michigan marriages were required by law to be recorded in the county where the marriage occurred. After 1 April 1867, the county clerk forwarded marriage records to the secretary of state. The law was not completely enforced until an additional 1905 law which resulted greater statewide compliance.

Marriage registrations may be found in the county records where the marriage occurred. Copies may be ordered from the county clerk. Copies of registrations may also be ordered from the Michigan Department of Public Health.


When did the marriage occur?

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Marriages Before 1805

Before 1805, no marriages were recorded by the county or state. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s marriage date and place. Substitutes for marriage record information:

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records, Cemetery Records, Newspapers Military Records, Bible Records
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Marriages 1805 to 1867

  • 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.


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Marriages 1867 to 1925


  • 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.
  • 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.


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Marriages 1925 to Present

  • 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.


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