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Access the records: Colorado,County Marriages,1864-1995 .
The records cover the years 1864 to 1995.
The collection consists of images of marraige records from the following counties:
- Clear Creek
- Kit Carson
Marriages were 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.
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.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- "Colorado,County Marriages,1864-1995." FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org). Colorado State Archives, Denver, Colorado. FHL microfilm, 62 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Date and place of marriage
- Name of the groom
- Name of the bride, often including the maiden name of the bride
- Names of the officiator and witnesses
- Names of the parents of the bride and groom
- Residences of the bride and groom
- Ages and marital status of the bride and groom
How to Use the Records
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- The name of the bride and groom
- The approximate marriage date and place
Search the Collection
To search the collection select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page. Next select the county and then the Record Type, Year Range, Volume number/letter which takes you to the images.
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
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. The following examples show ways you can use the information:
- 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.
- Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
- Use the parents' 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.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- 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 1900.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
- Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995," images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org: accessed 31 May 2012), Kit Carson > Marriage certificate 1889-1909 box 1, no 1-463 > Image 10 of 1,394, James Stuart and Mary Jane Smith, marriage certificate issued 15 May 1889; citing Colorado State Archives, Denver, Colorado. FHL microfilm, 62 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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