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Marriage registrations may be found in the county records where the marriage occurred.  
 
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--Copies of certificates may be ordered from the [http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-4645---,00.html Michigan Department of Public Health].  
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When ordering MIchigan marriage records, ask for the marriage license application or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. It is usually less expensive to order a marriage record from the county clerk, so begin your search with the county clerk. Locate county clerk information by selecting your county on the [[Michigan|Michigan State Wiki page]].<br>  
 
When ordering MIchigan marriage records, ask for the marriage license application or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. It is usually less expensive to order a marriage record from the county clerk, so begin your search with the county clerk. Locate county clerk information by selecting your county on the [[Michigan|Michigan State Wiki page]].<br>  
 
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Finding U.S. Marriage Records go to Finding Michigan Marriage Records

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Finding Michigan Marriage Records

Since 1805 Michigan marriages were required by law to be recorded in the county where the marriage occurred. After 1 April 1867, the county clerk forwarded marriage records to the secretary of state. The law was not completely enforced until an additional 1905 law which resulted greater statewide compliance.

More marriage information is usually found on the marriage license application or the marriage register. Less information is found on the marriage certificate.



Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's marriage record:

Frequently Asked Questions about Marriage Records


Marriages Before 1820

Before 1805, no marriages were recorded by the county or state. From 1805 to 1820 very few records exist. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s marriage date and place. Substitutes for marriage record information:

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records

Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records

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Marriages 1820 to 1867

Search the index, then view the image of your ancestor's marriage record in the following database:

INDEX WITH IMAGES

  • 1820-1935 Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1935 Free name index with images online at FamilySearch. Does not include the following counties: Alger, Alpena, Barry, Eaton, Gladwin, Kalkaska, Kent, Lenawee, Missaukee, Monroe, Montmorency, Oceana, Oscoda, Schoolcraft, and Shiawassee.

If you do not find your ancestor in the marriage index, look for a substitute record which may give you marriage information.

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Marriages 1868 to 1925

INDEX WITH IMAGES

First Check:

  • 1868-1925 Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925 Free name index with images online at FamilySearch. Records include such information as names of bride and groom, date of license, ages, race, residences, birthplaces, occupations and names of the fathers of the bride and groom.

Then Try:

  • 1820-1935 Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1935 Free name index with images online at FamilySearch. Does not include the following counties: Alger, Alpena, Barry, Eaton, Gladwin, Kalkaska, Kent, Lenawee, Missaukee, Monroe, Montmorency, Oceana, Oscoda, Schoolcraft, and Shiawassee.
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Marriages 1926 to 1935

First Try: Searching the index

INDEX WITH IMAGES

  • 1820-1935 Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1935 Free name index with images online at FamilySearch. Does not include the following counties: Alger, Alpena, Barry, Eaton, Gladwin, Kalkaska, Kent, Lenawee, Missaukee, Monroe, Montmorency, Oceana, Oscoda, Schoolcraft, and Shiawassee.

Then Try: Contacting the county clerk or the Michigan Department of Health

If your ancestor's marriage took place in one of the counties currently not included in the marriage index or if you do not find your ancestor in the marriage index you may contact the county clerk where you think the marriage took place. Request a marriage record search and a copy of the marriage record. Or, contact the Michigan Department of Public Health. It is usually less expensive to order a marriage record from the county clerk, so begin your search with the county clerk.

You May Also Try: Locating a substitute record

If you are unable to locate a marriage record, substitute record may give you marriage information, also.

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Marriages 1936 to Present

Marriage registrations may be found in the county records where the marriage occurred.

  • Copies may be ordered from the county clerk.

When ordering MIchigan marriage records, ask for the marriage license application or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. It is usually less expensive to order a marriage record from the county clerk, so begin your search with the county clerk. Locate county clerk information by selecting your county on the Michigan State Wiki page.

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