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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania, United States Genealogy|Pennsylvania]]''
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|title=Pennsylvania Marriages, 1709-1940
 
|title=Pennsylvania Marriages, 1709-1940
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|location=Pennsylvania
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| LOC_01 = Pennsylvania
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| LOC_03 = 
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| state_loc_map = US Locator Pennsylvania.png
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| State_flag =  Pennsylvania flag.png
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| record_type = Marriage Index
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| start_year = 1709
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| end_year = 1940
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| FS_URL_01 = [[Pennsylvania Genealogy ]]
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| FS_URL_02 = [[Pennsylvania Vital Records]]
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| FS_URL_03 = [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results#count=20&query=%2Bkeywords%3APennsylvania,%20%2Bkeywords%3AMarriage%20%2Bkeywords%3ARecords FamilySearch Library Catalog Keyword Pennsylvania Marriage Records]
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| FS_URL_04 = [[Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries]]
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| FS_URL_05 = [[Pennsylvania Church Records]]
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| FS_URL_06 = [[Pennsylvania Newspapers]]
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| FS_URL_07 = [[Pennsylvania Census]]
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| FS_URL_08 = 
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| FS_URL_09 = 
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| FS_URL_10 = 
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://usgwarchives.net/marriages/pennsylvania/pennsylvania.htm US GenWeb Archives]
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| RW_URL_02 = [http://www.health.pa.gov/MyRecords/Certificates/MarriageAndDivorceCertificates/Pages/default.aspx#.V8cS-_krKUk Pennsylvania Marriage and Divorce Records]
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| RW_URL_03 = [http://www.alleghenycounty.us/wo/rec.aspx Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, How To Obtain a Marriage Record]
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| RW_URL_04 = 
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| RW_URL_05 = 
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| custodian =  Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City
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}}
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== What is in the Collection? ==
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This collection is an electronic index of marriages for the years 1709 to 1940 taken from the following sources:
 +
 
 +
*Indexed church records
 +
*Civil registrations
 +
*The Internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church
 +
 
 +
Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.
 +
 
 +
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.
 +
 
 +
== Collection Content  ==
 +
=== Coverage Table  ===
  
== Record Description  ==
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A Coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article [[Pennsylvania Marriages, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
This index is an electronic index for the years 1725 to 1976. 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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===Coverage Map===
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Pennsylvania county marriages, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/PA_FRM.html here].
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
  
{{Collection citation | text= "Pennsylvania Marriages, 1709-1940." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.}}
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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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'''Marriage entries''' usually contain some or all of the following:
  
== Record Content and Use  ==
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*Date and place of marriage
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*Name and age of groom
 +
*Groom's race and marital status
 +
*Birthplace and birthdate of groom
 +
*Names of groom's parents
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*Name and age of bride
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*Bride's race and marital status
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*Birthplace of and birthdate of bride
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*Names of bride's parents
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*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
  
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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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
== Coverage Table  ==
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To use these records it is helpful to know:
 +
*The name of the person at the time of marriage
 +
*The name of the intended spouse
 +
*Other identifying information such as the approximate marriage date and place
  
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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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681011?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>
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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 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.
  
{| class="wikitable sortable" border="3"
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Keep in mind:
|-
 
! style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" scope="col" align="center" | '''Locality'''
 
! style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" scope="col" align="center" | '''Births and Christenings, 1726-1930'''
 
! style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" scope="col" align="center" | '''Marriages, 1725-1976'''
 
! style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" scope="col" align="center" | '''Deaths and Burials, 1759-1921'''
 
|-
 
| [[Adams County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Adams]]
 
| 3,160
 
| 5,121
 
| 1,908
 
|-
 
| [[Allegheny County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Allegheny]]
 
| 21,637
 
| 192,934
 
| 280,520
 
|-
 
| [[Armstrong County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Armstrong]]
 
| 1,678
 
| 6,283
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Beaver County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Beaver]]
 
| 0
 
| 9,820
 
| 2,712
 
|-
 
| [[Bedford County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Bedford]]
 
| 0
 
| 5,696
 
| 2,982
 
|-
 
| [[Berks County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Berks]]
 
| 25,960
 
| 27,975
 
| 49,555
 
|-
 
| [[Blair County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Blair]]
 
| 151
 
| 3,064
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Bradford County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Bradford]]
 
| 0
 
| 5,393
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Bucks County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Bucks]]
 
| 1,912
 
| 3,732
 
| 3,373
 
|-
 
| [[Butler County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Butler]]
 
| 0
 
| 6,279
 
| 1,236
 
|-
 
| [[Cambria County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Cambria]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 7,321
 
|-
 
| [[Cameron County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Cameron]]
 
| 0
 
| 776
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Carbon County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Carbon]]
 
| 690
 
| 0
 
| 1,642
 
|-
 
| [[Centre County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Centre]]
 
| 1,925
 
| 364
 
| 842
 
|-
 
| [[Chester County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Chester]]
 
| 6,715
 
| 14,939
 
| 3,195
 
|-
 
| [[Clarion County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Clarion]]
 
| 0
 
| 7,261
 
| 1,460
 
|-
 
| [[Clearfield County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Clearfield]]
 
| 348
 
| 5,373
 
| 1,950
 
|-
 
| [[Clinton County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Clinton]]
 
| 0
 
| 4,899
 
| 1,343
 
|-
 
| [[Columbia County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Columbia]]
 
| 0
 
| 7,211
 
| 1,403
 
|-
 
| [[Crawford County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Crawford]]
 
| 1,222
 
| 6,427
 
| 5,993
 
|-
 
| [[Cumberland County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Cumberland]]
 
| 0
 
| 8,285
 
| 1,894
 
|-
 
| [[Dauphin County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Dauphin]]
 
| 2,813
 
| 29,960
 
| 10,761
 
|-
 
| [[Delaware County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Delaware]]
 
| 637
 
| 8,002
 
| 639
 
|-
 
| [[Elk County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Elk]]
 
| 0
 
| 256
 
| 889
 
|-
 
| [[Erie County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Erie]]
 
| 0
 
| 2,840
 
| 3,447
 
|-
 
| [[Fayette County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Fayette]]
 
| 0
 
| 4,445
 
| 3,923
 
|-
 
| [[Forest County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Forest]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 149
 
|-
 
| [[Franklin County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Franklin]]
 
| 103
 
| 9,105
 
| 3,291
 
|-
 
| [[Fulton County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Fulton]]
 
| 0
 
| 1,206
 
| 389
 
|-
 
| [[Greene County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Greene]]
 
| 183
 
| 4,890
 
| 291
 
|-
 
| [[Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Huntingdon]]
 
| 560
 
| 5,653
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Indiana County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Indiana]]
 
| 2,288
 
| 11,572
 
| 696
 
|-
 
| [[Jefferson County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Jefferson]]
 
| 469
 
| 8,489
 
| 2,447
 
|-
 
| [[Juniata County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Juniata]]
 
| 0
 
| 1,886
 
| 226
 
|-
 
| [[Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Lackawanna]]
 
| 1,732
 
| 0
 
| 63,525
 
|-
 
| [[Lancaster County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Lancaster]]
 
| 4,383
 
| 21,872
 
| 14,837
 
|-
 
| [[Lawrence County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Lawrence]]
 
| 0
 
| 3,789
 
| 995
 
|-
 
| [[Lebanon County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Lebanon]]
 
| 720
 
| 10,426
 
| 3,445
 
|-
 
| [[Lehigh County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Lehigh]]
 
| 7,124
 
| 34,031
 
| 2,946
 
|-
 
| [[Luzerne County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Luzerne]]
 
| 0
 
| 33,894
 
| 18,305
 
|-
 
| [[Lycoming County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Lycoming]]
 
| 769
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[McKean County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|McKean]]
 
| 0
 
| 3,883
 
| 3,251
 
|-
 
| [[Mercer County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Mercer]]
 
| 128
 
| 8,870
 
| 7,329
 
|-
 
| [[Mifflin County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Mifflin]]
 
| 359
 
| 0
 
| 1,736
 
|-
 
| [[Monroe County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Monroe]]
 
| 0
 
| 320
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Montgomery County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Montgomery]]
 
| 1,584
 
| 7,716
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Montour County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Montour]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 805
 
|-
 
| [[Northampton County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Northampton]]
 
| 12,621
 
| 13,196
 
| 17,040
 
|-
 
| [[Northumberland County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Northumberland]]
 
| 0
 
| 11,799
 
| 6,427
 
|-
 
| [[Pennsylvania Vital Records|Pennsylvania]]
 
| 3,914,099
 
| 687,050
 
| 384,598
 
|-
 
| [[Perry County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Perry]]
 
| 0
 
| 4,590
 
| 1,876
 
|-
 
| [[Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Philadelphia]]
 
| 448,839
 
| 285,316
 
| 329,518
 
|-
 
| [[Potter County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Potter]]
 
| 921
 
| 967
 
| 169
 
|-
 
| [[Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Schuylkill]]
 
| 1,437
 
| 288
 
| 13,723
 
|-
 
| [[Snyder County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Snyder]]
 
| 0
 
| 2,363
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Somerset County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Somerset]]
 
| 229
 
| 12,497
 
| 2,865
 
|-
 
| [[Sullivan County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Sullivan]]
 
| 0
 
| 767
 
| 113
 
|-
 
| [[Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Susquehanna]]
 
| 0
 
| 5,333
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Tioga County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Tioga]]
 
| 367
 
| 209
 
| 2,308
 
|-
 
| [[Union County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Union]]
 
| 0
 
| 428
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Venango County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Venango]]
 
| 1,701
 
| 6,451
 
| 6,896
 
|-
 
| [[Warren County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Warren]]
 
| 0
 
| 5,782
 
| 1,384
 
|-
 
| [[Washington County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Washington]]
 
| 0
 
| 2,362
 
| 3,567
 
|-
 
| [[Wayne County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Wayne]]
 
| 0
 
| 3,493
 
| 816
 
|-
 
| [[Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Westmoreland]]
 
| 156
 
| 2,327
 
| 5,250
 
|-
 
| [[Wyoming County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Wyoming]]
 
| 125
 
| 2,055
 
| 749
 
|-
 
| [[York County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|York]]
 
| 104
 
| 11,303
 
| 24,893
 
|-
 
| Total
 
| 4,469,849
 
| 1,593,513
 
| 1,315,843
 
|}
 
  
== Related Websites  ==
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*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.
 +
*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 +
*Remember this is only an index, not the original records.
  
{{Incomplete Section}}
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'''Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection'''
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
+
Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:
  
*[[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]]<br>
+
*[[IGI]]  
*[[Pennsylvania Vital Records]]
+
*[[IGI Batch Number Descriptions]]
 +
*[[IGI Batch Numbers for the British Isles and North America]]
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=film_number FamilySearch Catalog].
  
{{Contributor invite}}
+
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
+
== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
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.  
+
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. Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed.  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.
 +
*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?  ===
 +
 
 +
*The records are very brief, so it is easy to confuse individuals in the index. In addition, an individual may be listed multiple times with slight spelling variations of their name.
 +
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
 +
*Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
 +
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 +
*Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
 +
*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.
 +
*Search the [https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlc/ FamilySearch Catalog] to see if other records for this place are available.
 +
 
 +
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)]].
 +
 
 +
==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''':<br>
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 +
{{Collection citation | text= "Pennsylvania Marriages, 1709-1940." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.}}
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br>
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{{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? ==
  
[[Category:Pennsylvania|Vital]]
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Record Type Marriage Index
Collection years 1709-1940
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What is in the Collection?

This collection is an electronic index of marriages for the years 1709 to 1940 taken from the following sources:

  • Indexed church records
  • Civil registrations
  • The Internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church

Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.

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

A Coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article Pennsylvania Marriages, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Coverage Map

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

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

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

Marriage entries usually contain some or all of the following:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name and age of groom
  • Groom's race and marital status
  • Birthplace and birthdate of groom
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Name and age of bride
  • Bride's race and marital status
  • Birthplace of and birthdate of bride
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

How Do I Search the Collection?

To use these records it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person at the time of marriage
  • The name of the intended spouse
  • Other identifying information such as the approximate marriage date and place

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.

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.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  • Remember this is only an index, not the original records.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the FamilySearch Catalog.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search 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. Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. 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.
  • 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?

  • The records are very brief, so it is easy to confuse individuals in the index. In addition, an individual may be listed multiple times with slight spelling variations of their name.
  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
  • 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.
  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog to see if other records for this place are available.

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

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:

"Pennsylvania Marriages, 1709-1940." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

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