Michigan, County Marriages Index - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Michigan, County Marriages Index, 1820-1937
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|Flag of Michigan|
|Location of Michigan|
|Record Type||Marriage Index|
|Michigan State University Library. Documents Department,East Lansing|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection consists of an index to marriage registers and certificates from county records for the years 1820 to 1937. The content and time period varies by county. This collection only includes some records from the following counties: Allegan, Alpena, Eaton, and Missaukee. These county records will duplicate some of the information already published in the Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 collection.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Names of the bride and groom
- Age of bride and groom
- Residence of the bride and groom
- Calculated birth years
- Parents’ names
- Marriage place
- Marriage date
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, 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 the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
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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]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the birth date or age to search for birth records
- Search for the the family in census records
- Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records
- Search the county records where the marriage occurred for church, land, and probate
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 indexes and records of nearby localities
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Michigan.
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.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.