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== What is in This Collection?  ==
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The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.  
 
The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.  
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
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*Full names of the bride and groom
 
 
== Coverage Map  ==
 
 
 
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/MI_FRM.html Michigan marriages, click here].
 
 
 
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== What Can This Collection Tell Me? ==
 
 
 
Information found in '''marriage records''' usually include:
 
 
 
 
*Date of marriage license  
 
*Date of marriage license  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
*Full names of the bride and groom
 
*Bride's maiden name if a widow
 
 
*Age of bride and groom  
 
*Age of bride and groom  
 
*Race of bride and groom  
 
*Race of bride and groom  
 
*Residence of bride and groom  
 
*Residence of bride and groom  
 
*Birthplace of bride and groom  
 
*Birthplace of bride and groom  
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*Occupation of bride and groom  
 
*Occupation of bride and groom  
 
*Full names of parents of bride and groom  
 
*Full names of parents of bride and groom  
 
*If bride or groom have been married previously
 
*If bride or groom have been married previously
 
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*Maiden name of bride and groom’s mother  
 
*Maiden name of bride and groom’s mother  
 
*Name of person performing the marriage  
 
*Name of person performing the marriage  
 
*Witnesses to the marriage  
 
*Witnesses to the marriage  
 
*Residence of witnesses
 
*Residence of witnesses
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== How Do I Search This Collection?  ==
 
== How Do I Search This Collection?  ==
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor
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*The approximate date of marriage
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*The place where the marriage occurred
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*The name of the intended spouse
  
To begin your search, it is helpful to know:
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=== Search the Index ===
*The name of your ancestor.
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*The approximate date of marriage.
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*The place where the marriage occurred.
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=== View the Images ===
*The name of the intended spouse.
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452395?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1452395/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br>⇒Select the "Film" category which takes you to the images
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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 [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
 
 
Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
 
 
 
With either search keep in mind:
 
 
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
 
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
 
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
 
 
 
 
 
{{Tip | More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1452395 Michigan, marriages, 1868-1925]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
 
  
 
== What Do I Do Next? ==
 
== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
 
 
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?  ===
 
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?  ===
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
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*Search for the family in census records
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
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*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records  
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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*Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family  
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
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*Search the county where the marriage occurred for other records such as church, land, and probate
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
 
*Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
 
*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.
 
*Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
 
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
  
=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?  ===
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=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?  ===
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names  
*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties  
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*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.
 
  
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=== Research Helps ===
 
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The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of [[Michigan, United States Genealogy|Michigan]].
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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* [[GuidedResearch:Michigan|Michigan Guided Research]]
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* [[Michigan Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
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* [[Step-by-Step Michigan Research, 1880-Present|Step-by-Step Research]]
  
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Michigan Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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== Citing This Collection ==
 
== Citing This Collection ==
 
 
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.
 
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.
  
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes marriage records from 1868 to 1925.

Most of this collection consists of marriage licenses, applications, records, registers, and certificates. The records are arranged by county, then by volume and year range. The form type varies between register style and certificate style. County clerks usually used the same printed form during the same time periods. Marriage records were generally well preserved, although fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some records. The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page.

An 1805 law required registration of marriages with the clerk of the local district court. In 1867 an additional law required the counties to send copies of the records to the Office of the State Registrar. A very high percentage of marriages that took place in Michigan were recorded by civil authorities.

Marriages were usually 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.

Counties in Michigan recorded marriages to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.

The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Full names of the bride and groom
  • Date of marriage license
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Race of bride and groom
  • Residence of bride and groom
  • Birthplace of bride and groom

  • Occupation of bride and groom
  • Full names of parents of bride and groom
  • If bride or groom have been married previously
  • Maiden name of bride and groom’s mother
  • Name of person performing the marriage
  • Witnesses to the marriage
  • Residence 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 date of marriage
  • The place where the marriage occurred
  • The name of the intended spouse

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting 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 Michigan Marriage Records Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select 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]

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

  • Search for the family in census records
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family
  • Search the county where the marriage occurred for other records such as church, land, and probate

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 counties

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]

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.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.