Idaho Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Idaho Marriages, 1878-1898; 1903-1942 .
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Record Description
Record Type Marriage Index
Collection years 1878-1942
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Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City

What is in the Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1878 to 1898 and 1903 to 1942. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Collection Content

For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Marriages Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Coverage Map

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Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1856-1965 Marriages, 1878-1898; 1903-1942 Deaths and Burials, 1907-1965
Ada 11,044 21,691 1,069
Bannock 1,588 943 1,076
Bear Lake 511 5,543 0
Benewah 572 231 314
Bingham 676 6,144 732
Blaine 1,315 2,563 247
Bonner 430 514 0
Bonneville 320 3,372 3,085
Boundary 216 740 536
Canyon 0 870 574
Cassia 0 2,951 124
Custer 0 365 0
Fremont 0 111 0
Gem 0 190 0
Gooding 134 0 0
Idaho 152 4,558 563
Idaho (state) 52,527 5,501 15,945
Jerome 423 189 0
Kootenai 3,227 11,931 948
Latah 254 2,128 408
Lemhi 131 135 129
Lewis 0 108 0
Lincoln 0 1,623 136
Minidoka 713 314 427
Nez Perce 143 4,051 2,004
Oneida 0 1,826 0
Payette 0 143 0
Power 137 0 0
Shoshone 711 4,470 1,493
Teton 0 0 0
Twin Falls 214 5,139 969
Washington 443 244 474
Total 75,881 88,588 31,253

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Most records in this collection include the following information:

  • Name
  • Name of spouse
  • Event date
  • Event place

Some records may also contain the following information:

  • Parents' names

How Do I Search the Collection?

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

  • The names of the bride and groom
  • The marriage place
  • The marriage date

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
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 individuals 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.

Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

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What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Search for additional marriages of other relatives
  • Search for birth and death records for your ancestors
  • Search for land and probate records.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Idaho Marriages, 1878-1898; 1903-1942" Database. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Idaho Marriages, 1878-1898; 1903-1942.

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