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Record Description

This collection contains an marriage index for the years 1892-1996, by the Maine Department of Human Services from the Maine State Archives. This index does not have data for the year 1967-1976.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Maine, Marriage Index, 1892-1966, 1977-1996." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Department of Human Services. State Archives, Augusta.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in this index include:

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Residence
  • Certificate number for later marriages

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the name and other identifying information such as approximate age at the time of marriage.

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.

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Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. The information may lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the certificate number to request a copy of the marriage certificate.
  • Use the location find the family in census, church, and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been married in the same place 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.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Look for a different index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.

Related Websites

Maine Marriage Search

Related Wiki Articles

Maine Vital Records

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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.


 

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