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Indiana became a state in 1816, created from Indiana Territory. Marriage records were recorded as each county was created.

Finding Indiana Marriage Records

  • 1816 - county clerks began to record marriage records
  • 1958 - county clerks began sending copies to the state
  • Indiana marriage records are not restricted and can be ordered by anyone during any time period

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

Choose a time period:

Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages Before 1958

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information

Marriage Indexes and Digital Images
Database Name - Index and Image Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1811-1959 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 2,315,411
If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1780-1992 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 1,008,158
Ancestry, Marriages, 1800-1941 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 3,245,823
Indiana State Library, Marriages, to 1850 On Indiana State Library; free ~330,000
Ancestry, Marriages, to 1850 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 199,945
Ancestry, Marriages, 1802-1892 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 199,807
Can't access Ancestry? Visit your local Family History Center or your local public library.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Search other records with marriage information.

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

If you did not find your ancestor in the databases above, follow the instructions below:

PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

  • If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the circuit court clerk.
  • If you don't know the date or county of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in other records.

PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records

OR

  • View a copy of a marriage record on microfilm at a Family Search Center:

Some images of county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the FamilySearch Catalog to see what is available.

  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local FamilySearch Center.
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Marriages 1958 to Present

  • Marriage licenses may be found in the county records where the marriage occurred
  • 1958 - county clerks began sending copies to the state

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index

Marriage Index
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
Indiana State Library, Marriages, 1993-2004 On Indiana State Library; free Undisclosed

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County where Marriage occurred From IN Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county

Ask for the marriage license or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. The license or register usually contains more information.

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