Minnesota Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Minnesota, Marriage Index, 1958-2001 .
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|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 I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? =
- 7 Citing this Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
The collection consists of an index to marriages, for the years 1958 to 2001, 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.
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Minnesota marriages, click here.
What Can this Collection Tell Me?
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 name of your ancestor.
- The approximate date of marriage.
- The place where the marriage occurred.
- The name of the intended spouse.
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.
What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor in the marriage index, 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?
- Use the information found in the marriage index to obtain the actual marriage record.
- Use the information found to search for the family in census records.
- Use the information found to search for the family in additional state and county records.
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.
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 2017. 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):
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