Maine, Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Maine, Marriage Index, 1892-1966, 1977-1996 .
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|Maine, United States|
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|Location of Maine|
|Record Type||Marriage Index|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing this Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
This collection contains a 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.
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What Can this Collection Tell Me?
Information found in this index may include:
- Name of bride and groom
- Marriage date
- Marriage place
- Certificate number for later marriages
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The name
- Other identifying information such as approximate age at the time of marriage
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information 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.
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
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.
- 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.
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.
- Look for a different 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 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
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- "Maine, Marriage Index, 1892-1966, 1977-1996." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Maine Department of Human Services. State Archives, Augusta.
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