Colorado Statewide Marriage Index - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006
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|Flag of Colorado|
|Location of Colorado|
|Record Type||Marriage Index|
|Department of Health, Colorado State Archives|
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of a card index created by the Division of Vital Statistics, Department of Health in Colorado. The index is arranged alphabetically by groom's name. Some cards are out of order. The collection covers the years 1853 to 2006.
Marriages were 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 marriage had occurred.
Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property. The index was created as a quick access to the marriage records.
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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- The name of the groom
- The name of the bride, sometimes maiden name is included
- Date and place of marriage
- Age and race of the bride and groom
- Marital status of the bride and groom
- Name of person who performed the ceremony
- Names of witnesses
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Image[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 marriage date
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
View the Images[edit | edit source]View images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:
- Select Surname Range 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]
Whenever possible, look at the original record. It often has more information than the indexed record.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- If available, check the image for additional information
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
- Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relationships that can be verified by records
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, try searching records of a nearby locality
- Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Colorado.
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
- Colorado Department of Health. Statewide marriage index, 1900-1939, 1975-1992
- Statewide divorce index, 1900-1992
Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]
Related Digital Books[edit | edit source]
- prepared by the Colorado Historical Records Survey, Division of Community Service Programs, Work Projects Administration. Guide to vital statistics records in Colorado. 2 vols. Denver, Colorado : Historical Records Survey (Colorado), 1942. FHL 978.8 A3h
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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