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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Alabama, United States Genealogy|Alabama]] ''
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|title=Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957
 
|title=Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957
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| record_type = Marriages
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| start_year = 1816
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| end_year = 1957
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| FS_URL_01 =[[Alabama Vital Records Online|Alabama Vital Records Online]]
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| FS_URL_02 =[[Alabama Birth, Marriage and Death Records|Alabama Birth, Marriage and Death Records]] 
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| FS_URL_03 =[[Alabama Archives and Libraries]]
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| RW_URL_01 =[http://www.genealogytrails.com/ala/ Alabama Genealogical Trails], transcribed genealogical data, searchable by county. Free.
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| RW_URL_02 = 
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| custodian = Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City
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== Record Description ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
This index is an electronic index for the years 1816 to 1957.  
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The collection is an electronic index for the years 1816 to 1957.  
  
It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.  
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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 (IGI) (FamilySearch Historical Records) |International Genealogical Index]] or Vital Records Index collections.
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Coverage Table and Map ===
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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A coverage table for this collection is available in the Wiki Article [[Alabama Marriages, Coverage Table (familySearch Historical Records)]]. <br>
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama marriages, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/AL_FRM.html here].
  
{{Collection citation| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Genealogical Society of Utah. Alabama Marriages. Index based on data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article [[Marriages Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
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==What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
  
== Record Content and Use  ==
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The records in this collection include the following information:
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*Name
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*Name of spouse
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*Event date and place
  
For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article [[Marriages Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
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The records may also contain the following:
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*Parents' names
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*Date of birth
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*Age
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*Marital status
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*Race
  
=== Coverage Table  ===
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==How Do I Search This Collection?==
  
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.<br>
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor.
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*The approximate date of marriage.
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*The place where the marriage occurred.
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*The names of the intended spouse.
  
{| class="wikitable sortable" border="3"
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1674672 Collection Page]:'''<br> 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.<br>
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! style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" scope="col" align="center" | '''Locality'''
 
! style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" scope="col" align="center" | '''Births and Christenings,''' 1881-1930
 
! style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" scope="col" align="center" | '''Marriages, 1816-1957'''
 
! style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" scope="col" align="center" | '''Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952'''
 
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| [[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Alabama]]
 
| 48,117
 
| 107,772
 
| 51,151
 
|-
 
| [[Autauga County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Autauga]]
 
| 4,534
 
| 15,791
 
| 1,057
 
|-
 
| [[Barbour County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Barbour]]
 
| 5,820
 
| 30,327
 
| 2,514
 
|-
 
| [[Bibb County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Bibb]]
 
| 8,485
 
| 19,852
 
| 5,654
 
|-
 
| [[Blount County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Blount]]
 
| 0
 
| 20,910
 
| 4,467
 
|-
 
| [[Bullock County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Bullock]]
 
| 4,828
 
| 21,766
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Butler County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Butler]]
 
| 14,809
 
| 28,105
 
| 3,050
 
|-
 
| [[Calhoun County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Calhoun]]
 
| 606
 
| 39,506
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Chambers County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Chambers]]
 
| 0
 
| 26,280
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Cherokee County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Cherokee]]
 
| 0
 
| 9,730
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Chilton County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Chilton]]
 
| 677
 
| 11,799
 
| 1,373
 
|-
 
| [[Choctaw County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Choctaw]]
 
| 0
 
| 8,801
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Clarke County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Clarke]]
 
| 0
 
| 5,427
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Clay County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Clay]]
 
| 0
 
| 9,868
 
| 632
 
|-
 
| [[Cleburne County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Cleburne]]
 
| 0
 
| 8,496
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Coffee County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Coffee]]
 
| 0
 
| 3,337
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Colbert County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Colbert]]
 
| 0
 
| 22,803
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Conecuh County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Conecuh]]
 
| 11,608
 
| 11,535
 
| 2,902
 
|-
 
| [[Coosa County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Coosa]]
 
| 0
 
| 24,074
 
| 275
 
|-
 
| [[Covington County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Covington]]
 
| 1,095
 
| 20,013
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Crenshaw County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Crenshaw]]
 
| 0
 
| 14,398
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Cullman County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Cullman]]
 
| 0
 
| 16,033
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Dale County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Dale]]
 
| 0
 
| 2,438
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Dallas County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Dallas]]
 
| 141
 
| 44,159
 
| 2,647
 
|-
 
| [[DeKalb County, Alabama#Vital_Records|DeKalb]]
 
| 0
 
| 2,549
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Elmore County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Elmore]]
 
| 750
 
| 20,176
 
| 319
 
|-
 
| [[Escambia County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Escambia]]
 
| 0
 
| 11,980
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Etowah County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Etowah]]
 
| 0
 
| 3,309
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Franklin County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Franklin]]
 
| 0
 
| 10,474
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Geneva County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Geneva]]
 
| 3,994
 
| 5,145
 
| 1,049
 
|-
 
| [[Greene County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Greene]]
 
| 0
 
| 33,854
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Hale County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Hale]]
 
| 305
 
| 30,127
 
| 1,342
 
|-
 
| [[Henry County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Henry]]
 
| 0
 
| 22,705
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Jackson County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Jackson]]
 
| 2,027
 
| 24,984
 
| 289
 
|-
 
| [[Jefferson County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Jefferson]]
 
| 0
 
| 338,053
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Lamar County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Lamar]]
 
| 0
 
| 6,044
 
| 236
 
|-
 
| [[Lauderdale County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Lauderdale]]
 
| 0
 
| 21,168
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Lawrence County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Lawrence]]
 
| 7,425
 
| 9,936
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Lee County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Lee]]
 
| 0
 
| 11,841
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Limestone County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Limestone]]
 
| 0
 
| 8,141
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Lowndes County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Lowndes]]
 
| 8,195
 
| 34,427
 
| 1,844
 
|-
 
| [[Macon County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Macon]]
 
| 0
 
| 28,196
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Madison County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Madison]]
 
| 20,854
 
| 43,999
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Marengo County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Marengo]]
 
| 0
 
| 28,172
 
| 460
 
|-
 
| [[Marion County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Marion]]
 
| 0
 
| 2,860
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Marshall County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Marshall]]
 
| 0
 
| 12,343
 
| 571
 
|-
 
| [[Mobile County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Mobile]]
 
| 6
 
| 22,442
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Monroe County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Monroe]]
 
| 0
 
| 5,585
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Montgomery County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Montgomery]]
 
| 0
 
| 38,034
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Perry County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Perry]]
 
| 3,063
 
| 7,395
 
| 2,819
 
|-
 
| [[Pickens County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Pickens]]
 
| 2,539
 
| 10,077
 
| 912
 
|-
 
| [[Pike County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Pike]]
 
| 6,675
 
| 13,557
 
| 3,365
 
|-
 
| [[Randolph County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Randolph]]
 
| 13,891
 
| 0
 
| 5,380
 
|-
 
| [[Russell County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Russell]]
 
| 0
 
| 14,653
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Shelby County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Shelby]]
 
| 3,275
 
| 13,083
 
| 876
 
|-
 
| [[St. Clair County, Alabama#Vital_Records|St. Clair]]
 
| 288
 
| 17,316
 
| 1,263
 
|-
 
| [[Sumter County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Sumter]]
 
| 1,873
 
| 21,670
 
| 1,746
 
|-
 
| [[Tallapoosa County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Tallapoosa]]
 
| 17,404
 
| 16,482
 
| 5,206
 
|-
 
| [[Tuscaloosa County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Tuscaloosa]]
 
| 4,379
 
| 25,817
 
| 5,205
 
|-
 
| [[Walker County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Walker]]
 
| 0
 
| 3,171
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Washington County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Washington]]
 
| 0
 
| 3,100
 
| 328
 
|-
 
| [[Wilcox County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Wilcox]]
 
| 769
 
| 24,040
 
| 724
 
|-
 
| [[Winston County, Alabama#Vital_Records|Winston]]
 
| 4,822
 
| 2,146
 
| 546
 
|-
 
| Total
 
| 203,254
 
| 1,472,271
 
| 110,202
 
|}
 
  
== Related Websites  ==
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
 +
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.
  
[http://www.genealogytrails.com/ala/ Alabama Genealogical Trails], transcribed genealogical data, searchable by county. Free.  
+
=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
 +
*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 and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
 +
*Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
 +
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
 +
*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 1900.
 +
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
 +
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military 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.  
 +
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
  
*[[Alabama|Alabama]]
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*Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
*[[Alabama Birth, Marriage and Death Records|Alabama Birth, Marriage and Death Records]]  
+
*Search the related collections [[Alabama Vital Records]]  
*[[Alabama Vital Records Online|Alabama Vital Records Online]]
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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{{Tip|Don't overlook items in the [https://familysearch.org/catalog/search FamilySearch Library Catalog.] This can help you locate additional records to search for information on your family.}}
  
{{Contributor invite}}
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== Citing this Collection  ==
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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.
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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'''Collection citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed {{LOCALDAYNAME}}, {{LOCALMONTHNAME}} {{LOCALDAY}}, {{LOCALYEAR}}.  Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.}} <br><br>
  
When you copy information from the record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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'''Record citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
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{{Contributor invite}}
  
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1816-1957
FamilySearch Resources
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Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City


What is in the Collection?

The collection is an electronic index for the years 1816 to 1957.

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

Coverage Table and Map

A coverage table for this collection is available in the Wiki Article Alabama Marriages, Coverage Table (familySearch Historical Records).
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Alabama marriages, click here.

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

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The records in this collection include the following information:

  • Name
  • Name of spouse
  • Event date and place

The records may also contain the following:

  • Parents' names
  • Date of birth
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Race

How Do I Search This 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 names 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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

What Do I Do Next?

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.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • 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 and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • 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 1900.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military 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.
  • 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 surnames.
  • Search the related collections Alabama Vital Records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

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.

Collection citation:

"Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed Monday, February 20, 2017. 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 Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.