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Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007
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Location of Indiana
Record Description
Record Type Marriage Index
Collection years 1811-2007
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Indiana Commission on Public Records

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection was indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. It consists of a name index and images of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the state of Indiana between 1811 and 2007. This is an ongoing project, so additional records will be added as indexing is completed. New images are being added as they become available. Early county marriage records were handwritten into bound books with multiple entries to a page. Pre-printed register books began to be used about 1850. By 1905, the printed format included only one entry on each page.

Clerks of the Circuit Court recorded marriages performed by religious or civil authorities. Records consisted of licenses, marriage returns and marriage entries. The state of Indiana began collecting marriages from the counties in 1958.

The images in this collection contain a watermark that reads, "Unofficial Record". This is to identify the records are for personal genealogical use only and are not valid as any form of official identification.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Indiana, Marriages, 1811-2007.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Prior to 1882

  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Names of the bride and groom

1882 to 1905

  • Age, birthplace and residence of bride and groom
  • Names of parents of bride and groom, including mothers' maiden name
  • Race, color and nationality of bride and groom
  • Occupation of bride and groom
  • Number of the marriage for bride and for groom

After 1905

  • Birth date of the bride and groom (instead of the age)
  • Birthplace and residence of parents of bride and groom
  • Occupation, color and nationality are no longer given

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

As of 3 September 2021 this collection contained the following records. Records where the exact locality could no be determined are listed under Indiana. Because of privacy laws not all records may be available.

County Records
Adams 41,695
Allen 146,409
Bartholomew 45,584
Benton 21,774
Blackford 23,457
Boone 70,552
Brown 15,498
Carroll 23,432
Cass 81,287
Clark 152,856
Clay 42,546
Clinton 40,144
Crawford 14,256
Daviess 28,896
Dearborn 65,480
Decatur 71,923
DeKalb 68,229
Delaware 65,353
Dubois 42,984
Elkhart 92,903
Fayette 40,895
Floyd 46,835
Fountain 53,932
Franklin 60,054
Fulton 62,585
Gibson 72,259
Grant 81,825
Greene 26,159
Hamilton 56,274
Hancock 72,315
Harrison 52,171
Hendricks 50,253
Henry 42,779
Howard 73,871
Huntington 36,996
Jackson 32,294
Jasper 50,132
Jay 55,410
Jefferson 39,003
Jennings 33,885
Johnson 5
Knox 62,055
Kosciusko 20,398
LaGrange 37,460
Lake 268,398
LaPorte 35,326
Lawrence 62,434
Madison 27,727
Marion 164,087
Marshall 41,653
Martin 17,710
Miami 55,811
Monroe 24,798
Montgomery 53,294
Morgan 38,957
Newton 6,398
Noble 35,283
Ohio 8,235
Orange 31,219
Owen 27,143
Parke 37,313
Perry 40,642
Pike 41,701
Porter 77,421
Posey 23,416
Pulaski 15,238
Putnam 26,549
Randolph 48,226
Ripley 19,575
Rush 29,550
Scott 21,368
Shelby 39,002
Spencer 48,537
St. Joseph 372,557
Starke 15,913
Steuben 205,689
Sullivan 47,892
Switzerland 18,833
Tippecanoe 2,476
Tipton 25,602
Union 16,566
Vanderburgh 109,856
Vermillion 25,119
Vigo 188,270
Wabash 57,702
Warren 9,134
Warrick 37,932
Washington 27,498
Wayne 160,433
Wells 37,842
White 15,212
Whitley 27,268
Indiana 7,284

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The date of the event or the name of a parent or spouse

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County of Event - License or Marriage
  2. Select the Volume and Year 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]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other vital records such as birth, baptism, and death
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
  • Witnesses to marriages were usually family members

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Try searching by surname only
  • The person may be recorded with an abbreviated or variant form of their name
  • Remember that spelling was generally not standardized until the early part of the 20th century
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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