Tennessee, Madison County Marriage Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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- 1 What Is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can This Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What Is in the Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of images of marriage records and bonds from 1950 to 2008, located in Jackson, Tennessee.
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Image Visibility[edit | edit source]
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Collection Content[edit | edit source]
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What Can This Collection Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The records usually include:
- Date and place of marriage
- Name and age of the groom
- Name and age of the bride
- Sometimes, name of person giving consent
- Name of the officiator
- Names of witnesses
- Residences of the bride and groom
|Many marriages recorded in the South, are separated by race in volumes, books, or registers. Be sure to check to determine if you have the right set of marriage records.|
How Do I Search the Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor.
- The date of marriage.
- The place of marriage
- The name of the intended spouse
View the Images[edit | edit source]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select County
- Select Record Type, Year Range, and Volume number or letter to view the images.
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]
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?[edit | edit source]
- Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
- Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
- 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 marriage number to identify previous marriages.
- 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 county 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.
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
- Search the records of nearby localities.
- Look for a different index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- 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 with the same family number.
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Tennessee.
- Tennessee Guided Research
- Tennessee Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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