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== Record Description ==
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== What Is in the Collection? ==
  
This Collection will include records from 1900 to 1939.<br>
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The collection consists of a card index created by the Division of Vital Statistics, Department of Health in Colorado. The index is arranged alphabetically by groom's name and provides the county, names of husband and wife, age, race, date and place of marriage, and certificate number. Some cards are out of order. The collection covers the years 1853 to 2006.  
  
The collection consists of a card index created by the Division of Vital Statistics, Department of Health in Colorado. The index is arranged alphabetically by groom's name and&nbsp;provides the&nbsp;county, names of husband and wife, age, race, date and place of marriage, and certificate number. Some cards are out of order.
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===To Browse This Collection===
  
Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.
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Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property. The index was created as a quick access to the marriage records.  
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== Collection Content  ==
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===Coverage Map===
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Colorado marriages, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/CO_FRM.html here]. <br>
  
For an alphabetical list of records currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1932434/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
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Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property. The index was created as a quick access to the marriage records.
  
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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===  Sample Image ===
  
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[[Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== What Can This Collection Tell Me? ==
  
== Record Content  ==
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Information found in the marriage '''index''' includes the following:  
 
 
Genealogical facts found in the marriage index includes the following: [[Image:Colorado,Statewide Marriage Index DGS 5203101 93.jpg|thumb|right]]
 
  
 
*Name  
 
*Name  
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*Marriage place
 
*Marriage place
  
Genealogical facts found in the marriage records may include any of the following:  
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Information found in the marriage '''records''' may include any of the following:  
  
*Date and place of marriage
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*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Name of the groom  
 
*Name of the groom  
*Name of the bride, sometimes maiden name is included
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*Name of the bride, sometimes maiden name is included  
*Age and race of the bride and groom
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*Age and race of the bride and groom  
 
*Marital status of the bride and groom  
 
*Marital status of the bride and groom  
*Name of person who performed the ceremony
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*Name of person who performed the ceremony  
 
*Names of witnesses
 
*Names of witnesses
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
 
 
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to marriages make it possible to access a specific marriage record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned. When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
 
  
*The name of the person at the time of marriage
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To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:
*The approximate marriage date
 
*The marriage place
 
*The name of the intended spouse
 
  
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the marriage records. Compare the information in the marriage record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. 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.  
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*The name of your ancestor.
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*The approximate marriage date.  
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*The place where the marriage occurred.
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*The name of the intended spouse.
  
For example:
 
  
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.
*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.&nbsp;
 
*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.
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
 
*Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
*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.
 
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
  
Keep in mind:  
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1932434?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>
  
*The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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'''View  images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1932434/waypoints Browse Page]'''then select the Surname Range.  
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record. If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
 
*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.  
 
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
  
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
 
  
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/FamilySearch_Search_Tips_and_Tricks FamilySearch Tips and Tricks]].
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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:{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1932434 Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
== Related Websites  ==
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members. 
  
[http://www.archives.com/GA.aspx?_act=MarriageRecords&klp=GA99001&CAM=309&Location=CO&KW2=Colorado&gclid=CPL8iqH796oCFSwZQgodHySxLw Colorado Marriage Records]  
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=== I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
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*Use the information to find additional family members.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[Colorado Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.  Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search. 
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Colorado, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [[Colorado Archives and Libraries]].
  
*[[Colorado, County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Colorado, County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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== Known Issues With This Collection  ==
*[[Colorado|Colorado]]
 
*[[Colorado Vital Records|Colorado Vital Records]]
 
*[[Summary of Marriage Records in the United States by State|Summary of Marriage Records in the United States by State]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
  
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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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. 
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> <br> {{Collection citation | text= "Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Department of Health. State Archives, Denver.}}
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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<br><br>'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
 
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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|title=Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006
 
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}} '''Image Citation'''<br> {{Image_Citation_Link
"Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-25805-30446-76?cc=1932434&amp;wc=14197364 accessed 15 May 2012), Campbell, James, T. - Carter, W.E. &gt; Image 5 of 4546, James W. Campbell and Ruby W. Wilson, April 5, 1930; citing Marriage Records, Colorado Department of Health, Denver, Colorado&nbsp;: Colorado State Archives.
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Colorado, United States
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Location of Colorado
Record Description
Record Type Marriage Index
Collection years 1853-2006
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites


What Is in the Collection?

The collection consists of a card index created by the Division of Vital Statistics, Department of Health in Colorado. The index is arranged alphabetically by groom's name and provides the county, names of husband and wife, age, race, date and place of marriage, and certificate number. Some cards are out of order. The collection covers the years 1853 to 2006.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006.

Collection Content

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Colorado marriages, click here.

Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.

Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property. The index was created as a quick access to the marriage records.

Sample Image

What Can This Collection Tell Me?

Information found in the marriage index includes the following:

  • Name
  • Film number
  • Image number
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place

Information found in the marriage records may include any of the following:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name of the groom
  • Name of the bride, sometimes maiden name is included
  • Age and race of the bride and groom
  • Marital status of the bride and groom
  • Name of person who performed the ceremony
  • Names of witnesses

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate marriage date.
  • The place where the marriage occurred.
  • The name of the intended spouse.


Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Pagethen select the Surname Range.


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [FamilySearch Tips and Tricks].

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Colorado, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Colorado Archives and Libraries.

Known Issues With This Collection

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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:

"Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Department of Health. State Archives, Denver.



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 Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006.
Image Citation
The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006.

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