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|title=Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937
 
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== Record Description  ==
 
  
The collection consists of a name index of marriage records from local county courthouses. The records consist of bound volumes applications, licenses, certificates, etc.  
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|title=Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm BYU Idaho Western States Marriage Index]
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== What is in the 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.&nbsp;
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The collection consists of a name index to marriage records from local county courthouses, for the years 1887 to 1940. The records consist of bound volumes applications, licenses, certificates, etc.  
  
The dates covered by this collection are 1887 to 1937.&nbsp;
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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.  
 
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.  
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The marriage date, place, and residence of the bride and groom are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.  
 
The marriage date, place, and residence of the bride and groom are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.  
  
=== Citation For This Collection ===
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== Collection Content ==
 
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The following table shows the number of records in this collection by county. Because of privacy laws not all records may be available.
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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| Beaver || style="text-align:right" | 4,848
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| Box Elder || style="text-align:right" | 33,891
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| Cache || style="text-align:right" | 65,459
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| Carbon || style="text-align:right" | 10,259
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| Daggett || style="text-align:right" | 2,457
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| Davis || style="text-align:right" | 54,442
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| Duchesne || style="text-align:right" | 2,769
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| Emery || style="text-align:right" | 3,497
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| Garfield || style="text-align:right" | 2,259
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| Grand || style="text-align:right" | 3,972
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| Iron || style="text-align:right" | 9,697
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| Juab || style="text-align:right" | 10,247
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| Kane || style="text-align:right" | 2,639
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|-
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| Millard || style="text-align:right" | 6,442
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| Morgan || style="text-align:right" | 1,940
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| Piute || style="text-align:right" | 4,733
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| Rich || style="text-align:right" | 3,906
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| Salt Lake || style="text-align:right" | 104,710
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| San Juan || style="text-align:right" | 1,564
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| Sanpete || style="text-align:right" | 17,621
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| Sevier || style="text-align:right" | 13,698
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| Summit || style="text-align:right" | 14,927
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| Tooele || style="text-align:right" | 6,291
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| Uintah || style="text-align:right" | 12,157
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| Utah || style="text-align:right" | 78,811
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| Wasatch || style="text-align:right" | 5,303
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| Washington || style="text-align:right" | 14,426
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| Wayne || style="text-align:right" | 1,710
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| Weber || style="text-align:right" | 113,823
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{{Collection citation|text =<!--bibdescbegin-->County clerk's in Utah. Utah, County Marriages. Local courthouses, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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=== Coverage Map ===
 
 
[[Utah County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
  
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/UT_FRM.html Utah marriages, click here].
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=== Sample Image ===
 
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Image:Utah, County Marriages (10-0104) (11-1469) DGS 4269084 219.jpg|Marriage Certificate
 
Image:Utah, County Marriages (10-0104) (11-1469) DGS 4269084 219.jpg|Marriage Certificate
 
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Genealogical facts found in these marriage records include the following:  
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== What Can these Records Tell Me? ==
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Information found in these marriage records include the following:  
  
 
*Name of the groom  
 
*Name of the groom  
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*Age of the bride and groom
 
*Age of the bride and groom
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
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== How Do I Search the Collection?  ==
  
*The county where the marriage occurred
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To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:
*The name of the person at the time of marriage
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*The name of your ancestor.
*The approximate marriage date
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*The approximate date of marriage.
*The marriage place
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*The county where the marriage occurred.
*The name of the intended spouse
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*The name of the intended spouse.
  
==== Search the Collection ====
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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 person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.  
  
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. Be aware that as with any index, there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803977 Collection Page]'''
  
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
 
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
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.  
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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.
  
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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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Use the age to calculate a birth date and 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. Witnesses or bondsmen were usually relatives.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[Utah Church Records| Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
For example:  
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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 [[Utah, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [[Utah Archives and Libraries]].
  
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
*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 to locate church and land 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.
 
*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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| bgcolor="#fff3e7" style="vertical-align:top; line-height:125%; padding-top:8px" | '''Problems with this collection?'''<br>[https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Utah-County-Marriages-1887-1937-known-issues&lang=en See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.]
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*The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Utah-County-Marriages-1887-1937-known-issues&lang=en 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.
*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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== Citing this Collection ==
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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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>
*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.
 
  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing County Courthouses, state-wide, Utah.}} <br><br>
  
== Related Web Sites  ==
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
 
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|CID=CID1803977
[http://www.marriagedatabase.com/utah/marriage-records.htm Utah Marriage Records]&nbsp;
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|title=Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940
 
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Utah Vital Records|Utah Vital Records]]
 
*[[Utah Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Utah Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
 
 
== Contributions to the Article  ==
 
 
 
{{Contributor invite}}
 
 
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
When you copy information from a record, you should also 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.
 
 
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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[[Category:Utah FamilySearch Historical Records|Vital Records]]
  
"Utah. County Marriages, 1887 - 1937." index, ''FamilySearch''(https://ds.familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRLY-B7W&nbsp;: accessed 3 May 2012), entry for James Lamar Hortt and Lila Davis, married 26 November 1928. County clerk's offices of various counties throughout Utah.
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
[[Category:Utah|Vital Records]]
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{{Contributor invite}}

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Collection years 1887-1940
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of a name index to marriage records from local county courthouses, for the years 1887 to 1940. The records consist of bound volumes applications, licenses, certificates, etc.

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 marriage date, place, and residence of the bride and groom are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.

Collection Content

The following table shows the number of records in this collection by county. Because of privacy laws not all records may be available.

County Records
Beaver 4,848
Box Elder 33,891
Cache 65,459
Carbon 10,259
Daggett 2,457
Davis 54,442
Duchesne 2,769
Emery 3,497
Garfield 2,259
Grand 3,972
Iron 9,697
Juab 10,247
Kane 2,639
Millard 6,442
Morgan 1,940
Piute 4,733
Rich 3,906
Salt Lake 104,710
San Juan 1,564
Sanpete 17,621
Sevier 13,698
Summit 14,927
Tooele 6,291
Uintah 12,157
Utah 78,811
Wasatch 5,303
Washington 14,426
Wayne 1,710
Weber 113,823


Coverage Map

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

Sample Image

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Information found in these marriage records include the following:

  • Name of the groom
  • Name of the bride
  • Names of the officiator and witnesses
  • Date of the marriage
  • Residences of the bride and groom
  • Age of the bride and groom


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 date of marriage.
  • The county 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 person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search 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 age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members. Witnesses or bondsmen were usually relatives.
  • 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 Utah, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Utah Archives and Libraries.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
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 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:

"Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing County Courthouses, state-wide, Utah.

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 Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940.


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