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Known Issues

NOTE: This collection is a work in progress. There are still films being added as they can be prepared for publication. Missing folders are yet to be added.

Question #1: Some marriage records link to the wrong image. Is there a way to find the correct image?
Answer #1: If the image link is incorrect, refer to the reference number (page number) on the record detail page to determine whether you should scroll forward or backward to find the correct image.

Question #2: I tried using the reference number to find the correct image without success. Is there a way to obtain a copy of the marriage certificate?
Answer #2: Occasionally an image is missed or restricted from being online. You may request a copy by contacting Please include the following record detail page information: name of the bride and groom, event date, event place, and film number. You can also order the film to view at a FamilySearch Center. See Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche.

The known missing or restricted images include:

  • Digital Folder Number 004266235 or Film 955886: Marriage license dockets, 1885-1950 Luzerne County (Pennsylvania); Marriages, volumes 24-25, 1899-1902. Page 5 containing Certificate numbers 30664 to 30673 of Volume 25 (1901-1902) located on Frame 428 (within Volume 25 – Frame 54).
  • Below is a list of restricted Digital Folder (DF) Numbers and their corresponding Film Numbers.
4264889 0895148 Warren –1852-1853, 1885-1891
4455229 0861076 Fayette - 1852-1855
4460667 1294602 Cambria - 1885-1887
4460696 1463004 Clearfield - 1852-1854 1868, 1877, 1878 (recording of marriages that occurred earlier)
4460701 1429963 Clearfield - 1915-1916
4811530 0020644 Adams - 1852-1855, 1885-1887
4811669 1315276 Clarion - 1913- 1916
4833131 2022025 Susquehanna - 1950 (Oct-Dec)
4838673 0857354 Venango - 1852-1853
4838885 0941721 Juniata - 1858-1863; index to marriages, 1852-1853; 1885-1887
4838909 0961101 Northumberland - 1852-1855
4838911 1026546 Mifflin - 1852-1853
4838950 1314324 Warren - 1915-1918, 1908
4838967 1319632 Indiana - 1852-1856
4838978 1927420 Susquehanna - 1852-1854, 1873; 1946-1953
4838979 1994232 Susquehanna - 1852-1854, 1873

Question #3: The browse folders only contain Digital Folder Numbers. How does this help me browse for the marriage records I am looking for?
Answer #3: The Digital Folder Numbers are what is called a “fake browse”. In order to find the marriage records you are looking for, search from the collection home page. You can

  • Search by Last Names;
  • 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.

Please review Document 106515 How to start a search from the Historical Records home page for basic search techniques. If you do not see the record(s) that you want, you can refine or filter your search results. See Document 114099 How to apply filters to your search results in Historical Records.

Question #4: Why are divorce records mixed in with marriage records?
Answer #4: In the original records, divorce records were occasionally recorded along with the marriage records.

Question #5: I am trying to find an image of a marriage record that I know can be found in the Luzerne County, PA Courthouse. Can you tell me how to find the record?
Answer #5: The records on the right side of the images 379-388 in the browse point 004833171 (DGS 4833171), which is from Luzerne County, appear to have been missed in the indexing and therefore not in the Collection online. They are on the original microfilm #2224854 which can be ordered (See Ordering Microfilm and Microfiche) into a local FamilySearch Center and viewed there.

Question #6: I believe my ancestor has been indexed with the wrong bride. Can I verify this?
Answer #6: Because most of the records in collection have multiple records on an image, it was easy for an indexer to mix the records. If you find inconsistencies, it is always best to look at the original record on the image. It will be your best source.

Question #7: I am finding indexed dates outside the parameters of this collection. The dates for my ancestor do not match other records we have for them. Can you help me with this?
Answer #7: There are a series of images in the browse point 004541329 (DGS 4541329) where the indexer transcribed the marriage date as 1835 rather than 1935. These include images 929-936. Because of this the estimated birth years are incorrect as well. The correct years can be verified on the actual image.

Question #8: I see records indexed with a non-existing place of Carbon, Wedstmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States. What is the correct event place?
Answer #8: All records associated with Film 1289274 (DGS 4460969), should have been indexed with Event Place: Carbon, Pennsylvania, United States.

Question #9: There are many records indexed with an Event Place containing some variation of Washington (State, D.C., or County). How can I determine the correct locality?
Answer #9: It is always best to look at the original record on the image; it will be your best source. You can also search the Catalog for the film number associated with the record detail page, or google the borough or township, to help you determine the correct locality.

If you encounter additional problems with this collection, feel free to report them at Please include the following information:

  • If searching a specific collection: please include the name of the collection; include all search criteria used, including name, event, dates and places.
  • If browsing this collection: please include the full path you followed to where the problem occurred. The browse path is located above the Image viewer window.
    For example: Pennsylvania County Marriages, 1885 – 1950 > 004028787 > Image of 7 of 761.
  • If you are reporting a technical issue: please include your operating system and browser version, such as Windows 7 and Internet Explorer.

Your assistance will help ensure that future revisions will be considered.

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