Kentucky, Church Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Kentucky, Church Marriages, 1824-1995
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Record Description
Record Type Church Marriages
Collection years 1824-1995
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort

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

This collection includes an index and images to selected marriage records from 1824-1995. Many of the records are for Louisville. The collection also has other church records mixed with it. These records are mostly in German, and there are some in List Latin as well as English.

Image Visibility[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:

  • Full name
  • Age
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Parents’ names
  • Parents’ residence
  • Marital status
  • Previous spouse
  • Date of marriage
  • Place of marriage
  • Race
  • Titles and terms
  • Notes
  • Page/volume/entry/certificate number

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection contains a digital browse. Only the DGS numbers are displayed.

DGS Number Film Type Start Date End Date
4014688 2026603 Register 1855 1879
4014688 2026603 Register 1887 1909
4014688 2026603 Register 1887 1909
4014688 2026603 Register 1907 1925
4014688 2026603 Cemetery Index 1858 1995
4014688 2026603 Register 1872 1901
4014688 2026603 Cemetery Index 1862 1927
4014688 2026603 Cemetery Index 1862 1992
4014688 2026603 Register 1860 1865
4014688 2026603 Register 1860 1925
7578204 2047770 Register 1862 1896
7578204 2047770 Register 1898 1916
7578204 2047770 Register 1916 1949
7578204 2047770 Register 1949 1995
7578204 2047770 Minutes 1937 1992
7578204 2047770 Histories 1852 1922
7579795 1490684 Register 1824 1941
7579811 1531480 Register 1851 1987
7579818 1531403 Register 1847 1934
7580258 1531413 Register 1874 1987

Inventory[edit | edit source]

For a list of all the titles included in this Historical Records publication see Kentucky, Church Marriages Inventory - FamilySearch Historical Records.

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

Before searching the collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person at the time of marriage
  • The approximate marriage date
  • The place of marriage
  • The name of the intended 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]

To view images in this collection:

  1. Look at the Digital Folder Number List section to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Collection Browse Page
  3. Click the Film number 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. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

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

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each spouse to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
  • 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 parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • 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

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. Be aware that boundary changes could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring locality
  • 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 that may be your ancestor

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Kentucky.

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.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.