Iowa County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
The dates covered by this collection are 1838 to 1992.  
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This Collection will include records from 1838 to 1934.  
 
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== Record Description  ==
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Most of this collection consists of marriage licenses and certificates, including a few marriage declarations and marriage stubs  
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Most of this collection consists of marriage licenses and certificates, including a few marriage declarations and marriage stubs.
  
 
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 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.  
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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.  
 
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.  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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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.&nbsp;
  
Genealogical facts found in these marriage records include the following:  
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The index was created to provide an easy access to specific marriages in the collection&nbsp;
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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.
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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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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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= "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. }}
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== Record Content  ==
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[[Image:Iowa County Marriage Records (10-0100) (10-0175) (11-0422) DGS 4309537 577.jpg|thumb|right]] [[Image:Iowa County Marriage Records (10-0100) (10-0175) (11-0422) DGS 4309540 12.jpg|thumb|right]]
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Genealogical facts found in these marriage records may vary depending on the type of document. The following information is usually included:  
  
 
*Name of the groom  
 
*Name of the groom  
*Name of the bride, often including the maiden name
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*Name of the bride, often including the maiden name  
*Names of the officiator and witnesses
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*Name of the officiator  
 
*Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom  
 
*Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom  
 
*Date of the marriage  
 
*Date of the marriage  
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*Place of marriage
 
*Birthplaces of the bride and groom  
 
*Birthplaces of the bride and groom  
 
*Residences of the bride and groom  
 
*Residences of the bride and groom  
*Age and races of the bride and groom
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*Ages
*Marital status of the bride and groom
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*Marital status or number of marriage
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*Occupation
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*Race
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*Witnesses
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to marriages make it possible to access a specific marriage record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
  
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
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*The name of the person at the time of marriage  
 
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*The approximate marriage date  
*The county where the marriage occurred
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*The marriage place  
*The name of the person at the time of marriage
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*The approximate marriage date
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*The marriage place
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*The name of the intended spouse
 
*The name of the intended spouse
  
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the marriage records. Compare the information in the marriage record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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==== Search the Collection  ====
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Fill in your ancestor’s name in 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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==== 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.  
 
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.  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*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.  
 
*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 records or military records.
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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Keep in mind:
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*The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
 
*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:
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.  
 
*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.  
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*Check for an 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.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  
== Record History ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
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.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Iowa 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.  
  
The index was created to provide an easy access to specific marriages in the collection
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== Related Websites ==
 
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=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
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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.
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=== Record Reliability  ===
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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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The indexes are usually very reliable but, as with any index, they may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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== Related Web Sites ==
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*[http://www.iowagenealogy.net/ Iowa history and Genealogy]  
 
*[http://www.iowagenealogy.net/ Iowa history and Genealogy]  
 
*[http://iagenweb.org/ Iowa GenWeb Project]  
 
*[http://iagenweb.org/ Iowa GenWeb Project]  
 
*[http://www.iowagenealogy.org/ Iowa Genealogical Society]
 
*[http://www.iowagenealogy.org/ Iowa Genealogical Society]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Iowa Vital Records|Iowa Vital Records]]  
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*[[Iowa]]
 
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*[[Iowa Vital Records|Iowa Vital Records]]
=== Contributions to this Article  ===
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should also 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.
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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 Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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== Contributions to this Article  ==
  
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
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{{Contributor invite}}<br>
  
"Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934." ''FamilySearch'' ([Hptts://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 8 June 2011. Entry for John H Lambert, married 15 July 1908; citing Marriage Records, FHL microfilm 1,035,040; Dubuque County Courthouse, Dubuque, Iowa.
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
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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.
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->Iowa. County Marriage Records, 1838-1992. Court clerks of various counties throughout Iowa. <!--bibdescend-->
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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|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].&nbsp;
  
 
[[Category:Iowa|Vital Records]]
 
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Revision as of 22:17, 27 February 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Iowa County Marriages, 1838-1934 .

Contents

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1838 to 1934.

Most of this collection consists of marriage licenses and certificates, including a few marriage declarations and marriage stubs.

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.

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. 

The index was created to provide an easy access to specific marriages in the collection 

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.

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.

"Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.


Record Content

Iowa County Marriage Records (10-0100) (10-0175) (11-0422) DGS 4309537 577.jpg
Iowa County Marriage Records (10-0100) (10-0175) (11-0422) DGS 4309540 12.jpg

Genealogical facts found in these marriage records may vary depending on the type of document. The following information is usually included:

  • Name of the groom
  • Name of the bride, often including the maiden name
  • Name of the officiator
  • Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom
  • Date of the marriage
  • Place of marriage
  • Birthplaces of the bride and groom
  • Residences of the bride and groom
  • Ages
  • Marital status or number of marriage
  • Occupation
  • Race
  • Witnesses

How to Use the Record

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

  • The name of the person at the time of marriage
  • The approximate marriage date
  • The marriage place
  • The name of the intended spouse

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 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.

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.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.


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.
  • 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?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
  • Check for an 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.

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.

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Contributions to this Article

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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