Michigan Civil Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Michigan Civil Marriages, 1834-1974
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|Location of Michigan|
|Record Type||Marriages Index|
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of an index to selected marriages from several places in Michigan for the years 1829 to 1974. Many of the records are from Saginaw and Wayne counties. The marriages are from published transcripts or we do not have legal rights to publish the images.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records
- Full names of bride and groom
- Ages of bride and groom
- Date and place of marriage
- Name of other family members
- Social Standing
- Birth dates and places
- Page/Volume/Entry/Certificate number
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Images[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 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 age to calculate a birth date
- Use the names and residences to find the family in census, church, and land records
- Use the certificate number to obtain original marriage certificate from the county recorder
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
- Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
- Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur
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
- Look for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities
- A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring locality
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]
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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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