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Oregon, County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records/Known Issues

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Known Issues[edit | edit source]

Question 1[edit | edit source]

Question 1: There are multiple duplicate indexed records in the search results; and within these duplicate records, the marriage dates for each couple are different, and some records include birth information (or age), while others do not. How can I find all the correct information?
Answer 1: The marriage records in this collection generally consist of a “packet of records”; that is, there may be multiple images for each marriage, including marriage certificates (front and back), applications for marriage license (front and back), medical certificates for marriage license for each spouse (front and back), etc. While the indexed record may be duplicate, the page from which the record was indexed is not a duplicate; but, in some cases, the images were over-indexed.

In order to find all the correct information, you will have to click on “View the document” link to one of the images in the packet, and then browse forward and backward to see all the available documents for the couple. You will have to look at all the images for each indexed record to determine the date of the application, certificate, and/or any birth dates or ages. There may also be more than one film number for each couple for you to browse.

Question 2[edit | edit source]

Question 2: The browse folders only contain Digital Folder Numbers. How does this help me browse for the marriage records I am looking for?
Answer 2: The Digital Folder Numbers are what is called a "fakey" or "DGS browse". In order to find the marriage records you are looking for, search from the collection home page. You can:

  • See the Oregon, County Marriages Digital Folder Number List to see the contents of each folder, or
  • Search by Last Name;
  • Search by Life Events: Marriage, entering the county or town of interest, as well as marriage year range; and
  • Search by Relationships: Spouse, entering all or part of the name.