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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in the Collection?==
  
The time period covered by this collection includes the dates 1855-2008.
 
  
This collection contains marriage returns, certificates and a few affidavits depending on the county. Most of the records are pre-printed forms filled in by hand or typewritten. Some of the certificates are handwritten entries recorded in registers.  
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This collection contains marriage returns, certificates and a few affidavits depending on the county. Most of the records are pre-printed forms filled in by hand or typewritten. Some of the certificates are handwritten entries recorded in registers. The time period covered by this collection includes the years 1855 to 2008.  
  
County officials began recording marriages in 1853 or soon after the counties were organized. Information was filled in by the minister, priest, or official performing the marriage ceremony and then returned to the county auditor of the county in which the marriage took place. Statewide registration of marriages began in 1968.&nbsp;
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County officials began recording marriages in 1853 or soon after the counties were organized. Information was filled in by the minister, priest, or official performing the marriage ceremony and then returned to the county auditor of the county in which the marriage took place. Statewide registration of marriages began in 1968.  
  
 
Marriage records legalize marital relationships and validate a wife’s legal claim to property.  
 
Marriage records legalize marital relationships and validate a wife’s legal claim to property.  
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County marriage records are considered a reliable source in family history research because they contain a record of an event usually registered very near the time the event occurred. The reliability, of course, depends on the accuracy of the informant.  
 
County marriage records are considered a reliable source in family history research because they contain a record of an event usually registered very near the time the event occurred. The reliability, of course, depends on the accuracy of the informant.  
  
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1534448/waypoints Browse].
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===To Browse This Collection===
 
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{{Collection_Browse_Link
=== Citation for This Collection ===
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|CID=CID1534448
 
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|title=Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008
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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{{Collection citation | text= "Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008" Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing State Archives, Olympia.}}
 
 
 
[[Washington State 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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== Collection Content  ==
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=== Sample Image ===
 
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Image:Washington County Marriages 1858-1950 (09-0216) DGS 004125216 00006.jpg|Marriage Record
 
Image:Washington County Marriages 1858-1950 (09-0216) DGS 004125216 00006.jpg|Marriage Record
 
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
Key genealogical facts that may be found in the marriage records are:  
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Information that may be found in the '''marriage records''' are:  
  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
*Name, age and race of groom  
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*Names, ages and races of bride and groom  
*Residence and occupation of groom  
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*Residences and occupation of bride and groom  
 
*Number of groom's marriages  
 
*Number of groom's marriages  
*Birthplace of groom
 
*Name of groom's father
 
*Maiden name of groom's mother
 
*Name, age and race of bride
 
*Residence and occupation of bride
 
 
*Number of bride's marriages  
 
*Number of bride's marriages  
*Birthplace of bride  
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*Birthplaces of bride and groom
*Name of bride's father
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*Names of bride and groom's parents
*Maiden name of bride's mother
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*Maiden names of bride and groom's mothers
 
*Names of witnesses  
 
*Names of witnesses  
 
*Name of person performing the marriage
 
*Name of person performing the marriage
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:
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*The name of your ancestor.
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*The approximate date of marriage.
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*The place where the marriage occurred.
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*The name of the intended spouse.
  
To search the collection:<br>Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
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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.
  
To search the collection image by image, you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒Select the ''"Browse"'' link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the ''"County"'' category<br>⇒ Select the ''"Record type, volumes and year range"'' category which takes you to the images.
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1534448 Collection Page]:'''<br>  
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
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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/1534448/waypoints Browse Page]'''then:<br> ⇒Select the "County" category<br>⇒Select the "Record type, volumes and year range".  
  
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.  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
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== What Do I Do Next?  ==
  
*The county where the marriage occurred
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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. 
*The name of the person at the time of marriage
 
*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.  
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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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*[[Washington Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
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 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 [[Washington, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [[Washington Archives and Libraries]].
  
For example:  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1534448 Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
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== Citing 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.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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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.  
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
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*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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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing State Archives, Olympia.}}<br><br>
  
*The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
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|title=Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008
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If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:  
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'''Image Citation''':<br> {{Image Citation Link
 
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|CID=CID1534448
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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|title=Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008
*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
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*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)]].
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index], hosted by BYU/Idaho. Search by bride or groom - Free.
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Washington]]
 
*[[Washington Vital Records|Washington State Vital Records]]
 
 
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
 
 
{{Contributor invite}}  
 
 
 
== 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.
 
 
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
 
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
  
"Washington State County Marriages, 1855-2008." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLN7-MXW: accessed 13 April 2011). Lucious E. Snow and Fleeta Hodges, 6 August 1934. citing Marriage Records, digital number, 4,138,850, Image 00,960; Thurston County Courthouse, Olympia, Washington.
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?  ==
  
[[Category:Washington|Vital]]
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{{Contributor invite}}

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Washington, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Marriage
Collection years 1855-2008
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in the Collection?

This collection contains marriage returns, certificates and a few affidavits depending on the county. Most of the records are pre-printed forms filled in by hand or typewritten. Some of the certificates are handwritten entries recorded in registers. The time period covered by this collection includes the years 1855 to 2008.

County officials began recording marriages in 1853 or soon after the counties were organized. Information was filled in by the minister, priest, or official performing the marriage ceremony and then returned to the county auditor of the county in which the marriage took place. Statewide registration of marriages began in 1968.

Marriage records legalize marital relationships and validate a wife’s legal claim to property.

County marriage records are considered a reliable source in family history research because they contain a record of an event usually registered very near the time the event occurred. The reliability, of course, depends on the accuracy of the informant.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008.

Collection Content

Sample Image

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Information that may be found in the marriage records are:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names, ages and races of bride and groom
  • Residences and occupation of bride and groom
  • Number of groom's marriages
  • Number of bride's marriages
  • Birthplaces of bride and groom
  • Names of bride and groom's parents
  • Maiden names of bride and groom's mothers
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of person performing the marriage

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 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 "County" category
⇒Select the "Record type, volumes and year range".

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 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 Washington, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Washington Archives and Libraries.

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:

"Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing State Archives, Olympia.

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 Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008.


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 Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008.


How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

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

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