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Access the records: Minnesota County Marriages, 1860-1949 .
This collection consists of a name index and images of county marriage records for Minnesota. It covers the years 1860 to 1949.
The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods covered in the indexed records for this collection. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.
|County||Years Covered in Index|
|Anoka||1846, 1852, 1854, 1858-1951, 1953, 1958, 1992|
|Blue Earth||1860, 1865-1917|
|Brown||1849, 1852-1853, 1857-1951, 1989, 1991|
|Carver||1808, 1829-1832, 1840-1844, 1853, 1856-1945, 1967|
|Dodge||1855-1868, 1881, 1887-1925, 1942, 1945|
|Faribault||1859, 1861-1916, 1919, 1936, 1964, 1968, 1970, 1999|
|Fillmore||1827, 1838-1839, 1853-1920, 1978|
|Freeborn||1816, 1842, 1857-1917, 1940, 1976|
|Goodhue||1821, 1825, 1854-1911, 1991|
|Hennepin||1842, 1871-1917, 1920, 1943, 1954, 1957, 1966, 1976, 1989|
|Steele||1815-1816, 1837, 1856-1869, 1883, 1886-1887, 1889, 1964|
The following counties are not included in the indexed collection at this time.
Marriage records may include the following information:
- Date and place of marriage
- Name and residence of groom
- Name and residence of bride
- Names of witnesses
- Name of person officiating at marriage
How to Use the Record
To use these records it is helpful to know the following:
- The name of the person at the time of marriage
- The name of the intended spouse
- Other identifying information such as the approximate marriage date and place
Search the Collection
To search the collection fill in your ancestor’s name in 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.
Be aware that you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. 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.
- If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
- Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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Using the Information
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. For example:
- 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 partner 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.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- 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.
- Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
- 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.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Look for another 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 counties.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword Minnesota, Marriage Records items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article Minnesota Archives and Libraries. For additional information about this state see the wiki article Minnesota.|
General Information About These Records
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.
Civil marriage records were created 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.
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Citations for This Collection
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- "Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing County Offices throughout Minnesota.
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