Indiana, Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This collection was indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. It consists of a name index of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the State of Indiana between 1811 and 1959.&nbsp;  
 
This collection was indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. It consists of a name index of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the State of Indiana between 1811 and 1959.&nbsp;  
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=== Coverage Table  ===
  
 
This collection includes searchable index data for marriage returns and licenses from the following counties:  
 
This collection includes searchable index data for marriage returns and licenses from the following counties:  
  
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| Adams  
| Allen&nbsp;
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| Allen  
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| Benton
 
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| Benton&nbsp;
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| Blackford  
| Blackford&nbsp;
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| Boone  
| Boone&nbsp;
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| Brown  
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| Carroll
| Brown&nbsp;
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| Carroll  
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| Clark
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| Clark
 
| Clay  
 
| Clay  
| Daviess&nbsp;
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| Daviess  
| Dearborn&nbsp;
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| Dearborn
 
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| Decatur&nbsp;
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| Decatur  
 
| De Kalb  
 
| De Kalb  
| Delaware&nbsp;
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| Delaware  
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| Dubois
| Dubois&nbsp;
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| Elkhart&nbsp;
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| Fayette&nbsp;
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| Floyd&nbsp;
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| Elkhart
| Fountain
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| Fayette
| Franklin&nbsp;
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| Floyd
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| Fountain
 
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| Fulton&nbsp;
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| Franklin
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| Fulton  
 
| Gibson  
 
| Gibson  
| Hamilton&nbsp;
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| Hamilton
 
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| Harrison&nbsp;
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| Harrison  
| Hendricks&nbsp;
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| Hendricks  
| Henry&nbsp;
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| Henry  
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| Huntington
 
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| Huntington&nbsp;
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| Jackson  
| Jackson&nbsp;
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| Jay  
| Jay&nbsp;
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| Jefferson
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| Kosciusko
 
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| Kosciusko
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| LaGrange  
| LaGrange&nbsp;
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| Lake  
| Lake&nbsp;
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| Lawrence  
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| Marshall
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| Marshall&nbsp;
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| Martin
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| Morgan  
 
| Morgan  
 
| Noble  
 
| Noble  
 
| Ohio
 
| Ohio
 
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| Owen&nbsp;
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| Owen  
| Randolph&nbsp;
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| Randolph  
| Rush&nbsp;
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| Rush  
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| Scott
 
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| Scott
 
 
| Shelby  
 
| Shelby  
| Spencer
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| St. Joseph  
 
| St. Joseph  
| Starke  
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| Steuben
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| Sullivan  
 
| Sullivan  
 
| Tipton  
 
| Tipton  
 
| Vermillion
 
| Vermillion
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| Vigo
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| Wabash
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| Warrick
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| Washington
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| Wayne
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| Whitley
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Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at family history centers.&nbsp;FamilySearch has limited rights, granted by the record custodians, to publish these images for viewing online. Images for this collection are only available for viewing with an "Unofficial Record" watermark in place to keep the page from being printed as an original to comply with the record custodian restrictions.&nbsp;Currently this collection is 82% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.&nbsp;
 
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Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at family history centers. Currently this collection is 82% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. Additional records will be added as they are completed.
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Early county marriage records were handwritten into bound books with multiple entries to a page. Preprinted register books began to be used about 1850. By 1905, the printed format included only one entry on each page.  
 
Early county marriage records were handwritten into bound books with multiple entries to a page. Preprinted register books began to be used about 1850. By 1905, the printed format included only one entry on each page.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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== Record Content  ==
 
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The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
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{{Collection citation | text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Indiana Court Clerks. Indiana Marriages Records. Indiana County Courts, Indiana.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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[[Indiana County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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=== Record Content  ===
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Genealogical facts in county marriage entries before 1882 are:  
 
Genealogical facts in county marriage entries before 1882 are:  
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==== Search the Collection  ====
 
==== Search the Collection  ====
  
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. Look at the list of entries created by your search. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine which entry is the marriage record for your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. Click on the name for your ancestor. This will take you to the full index entry which includes a Family History Library film number. You can then search the film for your ancestor's marriage record.  
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To search the collection by name fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
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To search the collection by image follow this series of links:<br> ⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒ Select the "County of Event - License or Marriage" category<br> ⇒ Select the "Volume and Year Range" category which takes you to the images<br>
  
 
==== Using the Information  ====
 
==== Using the Information  ====
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The marriage date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time the marriage occurred are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation. Other data such as age or birth place have more chance of error due to the lapse of time between marriage and birth.&nbsp;  
 
The marriage date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time the marriage occurred are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation. Other data such as age or birth place have more chance of error due to the lapse of time between marriage and birth.&nbsp;  
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Indiana County 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.
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
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*[[Indiana Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Indiana Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Indiana Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Indiana Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
 
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
  
"Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959," index, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K3LR-WSN&nbsp;: accessed 02 Aug 2012), Richard N Myers and Catharine Friess, 18 Aug 1948; citing Indiana Court Clerks. Indiana Marriages Records. Indiana County Courts, Indiana.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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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.<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. }}
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<br> [[Indiana County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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"Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959," index, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K3LR-WSN&nbsp;: accessed 02 Aug 2012), Richard N Myers and Catharine Friess, married 18 Aug 1948; citing Indiana Court Clerks. Indiana Marriages Records. Indiana County Courts, Indiana.  
  
 
[[Category:Indiana|Marriage]]
 
[[Category:Indiana|Marriage]]

Revision as of 16:38, 7 November 2013

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Contents

Record Description

This collection was indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. It consists of a name index of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the State of Indiana between 1811 and 1959. 

Coverage Table

This collection includes searchable index data for marriage returns and licenses from the following counties:

Adams Allen Bartholomew Benton
Blackford Boone Brown Carroll
Clark Clay Daviess Dearborn
Decatur De Kalb Delaware Dubois
Elkhart Fayette Floyd Fountain
Franklin Fulton Gibson Hamilton
Harrison Hendricks Henry Huntington
Jackson Jay Jefferson Kosciusko
LaGrange Lake Lawrence Marshall
Martin Morgan Noble Ohio
Owen Randolph Rush Scott
Shelby Spencer St. Joseph Starke
Steuben Sullivan Tipton Vermillion
Vigo Wabash Warrick Washington
Wayne Whitley

Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at family history centers. FamilySearch has limited rights, granted by the record custodians, to publish these images for viewing online. Images for this collection are only available for viewing with an "Unofficial Record" watermark in place to keep the page from being printed as an original to comply with the record custodian restrictions. Currently this collection is 82% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. 

Early county marriage records were handwritten into bound books with multiple entries to a page. Preprinted register books began to be used about 1850. By 1905, the printed format included only one entry on each page.

Record Content

Genealogical facts in county marriage entries before 1882 are:

  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Names of the bride and groom

Marriage records from 1882 to 1905 may give the additional information:

  • Age, birthplace and residence of bride and groom
  • Names of parents of bride and groom, including mothers' maiden name
  • Race, color and nationality of bride and groom
  • Occupation of bride and groom
  • Number of the marriage for bride and for groom

Marriage records after 1905 may contain the additional information:

  • Birth date of the bride and groom (instead of the age)
  • Birthplace and residence of parents of bride and groom
  • Occupation, color and nationality are no longer given.

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Approximate marriage date
  • Place of the event

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

To search the collection by image follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "County of Event - License or Marriage" category
⇒ Select the "Volume and Year Range" category which takes you to the images

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 place of residence to search for other records, such as church and land records, that may have information on parents and siblings.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Compiling the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This may also help you to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby.
  • 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.
  • If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the surnames.

General Information About Marriage Records

Clerks of the Circuit Court recorded marriages performed by religious or civil authorities. Records consisted of licenses, marriage returns and marriage entries. The state of Indiana began collecting marriages from the counties in 1958.

The marriage date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time the marriage occurred are quite reliable, though there is still a chance of misinformation. Other data such as age or birth place have more chance of error due to the lapse of time between marriage and birth. 

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to 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.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

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.

"Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.


Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K3LR-WSN&nbsp;: accessed 02 Aug 2012), Richard N Myers and Catharine Friess, married 18 Aug 1948; citing Indiana Court Clerks. Indiana Marriages Records. Indiana County Courts, Indiana.