Minnesota Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Minnesota, Marriage Index, 1958-2001 .
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|Minnesota, United States|
|Flag of Minnesota|
|Location of Minnesota|
|Record Type||Marriage Index|
What is in the Collection?
The collection consists of an index to marriages from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Center for Health Statistics, Office of the State Registrar in St. Paul. The index is provided by Ancestry.com. The collection includes records from 1958 to 2001.
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Minnesota marriages, click here.
The index may contain any of the following information:
- Name of bride and groom
- Birthplace and estimated year of birth for bride and groom
- Parents’ names
- Previous spouses
- Marriage place and date
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 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 look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. 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.
For tips about searching on-line collections see the wiki article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
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.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have married in Minnesota.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct. You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
- 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 nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby states and communities.
- 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 with the same family number.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword Minnesota, Marriage Records items in the FamilySearch Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article Minnesota Archives and Libraries.|
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.
- "Minnesota, Marriage Index, 1958-2001." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. From "Minnesota, Marriage Collection, 1958-2001." Database. Ancestry. http://www.ancestry.com : 2007. Citing Minnesota Center for Health Statistics, Office of the State Registrar, St. Paul.
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 Minnesota, Marriage Index, 1958-2001.|
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