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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&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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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.
 
 
 
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.
 
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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 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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For an alphabetical list of records currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1932434/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page. <br>
  
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==Coverage Map==
| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Division of Vital Statistics, Department of Health. Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index. Colorado State Archives, Denver, Colorado.<!--bibdescend--> }}
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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>
  
[[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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== Collection Content  ==
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===  Sample Image ===
  
== Record Content  ==
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Image:Colorado,Statewide Marriage Index DGS 5203101 93.jpg|Marriage Report
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Genealogical facts found in the marriage index includes the following: [[Image:Colorado,Statewide Marriage Index DGS 5203101 93.jpg|thumb|right]]
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Information found in the marriage '''index''' includes the following:  
  
 
*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:  
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When searching for your ancestor it is helpful to know the following:  
  
 
*The name of the person at the time of marriage  
 
*The name of the person at the time of marriage  
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*The name of the intended spouse
 
*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.
 
  
For example:  
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1932434?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own 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.
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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]:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "Surname Range."
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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. 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.
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With either search keep in mind:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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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]].
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===What do I do Next? ===
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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. For example:  
  
 
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
 
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*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 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.  
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*Use the occupations listed to search for 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.  
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*Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
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*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
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*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:
 
 
 
 
*The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*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 1800s.  
 
*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:
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
*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)]].
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=== What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?===
  
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
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*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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*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.
  
{{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|Don't overlook {{FHL|Colorado, Marriage Records|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[Colorado Archives and Libraries]]. }}
  
== Related Websites  ==
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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)]].
  
[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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=== Additional Information About These Records  ===
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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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.
  
*[[Colorado, County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Colorado, County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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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.
*[[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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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
{{Contributor_invite}}  
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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.
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
  
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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== Citing this Collection ==
  
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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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. <br><br>
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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 2016. Citing Department of Health. State Archives, Denver.}}
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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<br><br>'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
 
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"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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== How You Can Contribute ==
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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?

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

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 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.

For an alphabetical list of records currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Coverage Map

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

Collection Content

Sample Image

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?

When searching for your ancestor it is helpful to know the following:

  • The name of the person at the time of marriage
  • The approximate marriage date
  • The marriage place
  • The name of the intended spouse


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 those in the list to what you already know about your own 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.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Surname Range."

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. 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.

With either search 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 on-line article [FamilySearch Tips and Tricks].

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. For example:

  • 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 occupations listed to search for 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.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • 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.
  • 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 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.

What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • 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.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Additional Information About These Records

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.

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

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 2016. 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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