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== Record Description  ==
  
==== <br>Style Guide ====
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The collection consists of a name index of marriage records from local county courthouses. The records consist of bound volumes applications, licenses, certificates, etc.
  
For guidelines to use in creating wiki articles that describe collections of images and indexes produced by FamilySearch, see: <br>[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages|FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages]]
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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;
  
== Collection Time Period ==
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The dates covered by this collection are 1887 to 1937.&nbsp;
  
The dates covered by this collection are 1887 to 1966.
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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.  
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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The marriage date, place, and residence of the bride and groom 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.
  
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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=== Citation For This Collection  ===
  
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:<br>• The county where the marriage occurred.<br>• The name of the person at the time of marriage.<br>• The approximate marriage date.<br>• The marriage place.<br>• The name of the intended spouse.
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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.  
  
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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{{Collection citation | text= "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. }}
  
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:<br>• Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information. <br>• 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.<br>• Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records. <br>• Use the residence to locate church and land records.<br>• 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. <br>• 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. <br>• 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.<br>• Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.<br>• 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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[[Utah County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
Keep in mind:<br>• The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. <br>• Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.<br>• There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
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== Record Content  ==
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:<br>• Check for variant spellings of the surnames.<br>• Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known. <br>• Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. <br>• Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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Image:Utah, County Marriages (10-0104) (11-1469) DGS 4269084 219.jpg|Marriage Certificate
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== Record Description ==
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Genealogical facts found in these marriage records include the following:
  
The collection consists of bound volumes of applications, licenses, certificates, record books, etc. There may be some loose papers.
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*Name of the groom
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*Name of the bride
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*Names of the officiator and witnesses
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*Date of the marriage
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*Residences of the bride and groom
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*Age of the bride and groom
  
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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== How to Use the Record  ==
  
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.
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
  
=== Record Content  ===
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*The county where the marriage occurred
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*The name of the person at the time of marriage
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*The approximate marriage date
 +
*The marriage place
 +
*The name of the intended spouse
  
Genealogical facts found in these marriage records include the following:
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
• Name of the groom <br>• Name of the bride <br>• Names of the officiator and witnesses <br>• Date of the marriage <br>• Residences of the bride and groom <br>• Age of the bride and groom
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Fill in the requested information 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. Be aware that as with any index, there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
== <br>Record History ==
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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].
  
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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==== Using the Information  ====
  
=== Why This Record Was Created ===
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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.
  
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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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.  
  
=== Record Reliability ===
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For example:
  
The marriage date, place, and residence of the bride and groom 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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*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 to locate church and land records.  
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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.
 +
*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.
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*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
 +
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  
== Related Web Sites  ==
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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.  
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
  
Utah Vital records
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*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
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*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  
== 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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== Related Web Sites  ==
 
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.
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Create the link using the name of the article in normal font:<br>A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.
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[http://www.marriagedatabase.com/utah/marriage-records.htm Utah Marriage Records]&nbsp;
  
• United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71 <br>• Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023
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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 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.
  
Utah County Marriages, 1887 - 1966, database, FamilySearch. Digital copies of originals housed in the clerks’ offices of the district courts in various counties throughout Utah. FHL microfilm, 554 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
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"Utah. County Marriages, 1887 - 1937." index, ''FamilySearch''(https://ds.familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRLY-B7W&nbsp;: accessed 3 May 2012), entry for James Lamar Hortt and Lila Davis, married 26 November 1928. County clerk's offices of various counties throughout Utah.
  
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Revision as of 18:17, 26 February 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937 .

Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of a name index of marriage records from local county courthouses. The records consist of bound volumes applications, licenses, certificates, etc.

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 dates covered by this collection are 1887 to 1937. 

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, and residence of the bride and groom 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 Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Genealogical facts found in these marriage records include the following:

  • Name of the groom
  • Name of the bride
  • Names of the officiator and witnesses
  • Date of the marriage
  • Residences of the bride and groom
  • Age of the bride and groom

How to Use the Record

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

  • The county where the marriage occurred
  • 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 the requested information 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. Be aware that as with any index, there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

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

Using the Information

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.

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 to locate church and land records.
  • 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.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

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 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, 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.


Related Web Sites

Utah Marriage Records 

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to the 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 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.

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

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Utah. County Marriages, 1887 - 1937." index, FamilySearch(https://ds.familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRLY-B7W&nbsp;: accessed 3 May 2012), entry for James Lamar Hortt and Lila Davis, married 26 November 1928. County clerk's offices of various counties throughout Utah.