Michigan Church Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Michigan Church Marriages, 1865-1931
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|Location of Michigan|
|Record Type||Marriages Index|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Citing This Collection
- 6 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection consists of an index to selected marriages from various churches throughout Michigan. Many of the records are from Lenawee, Manistee, Saginaw, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. In addition to marriages the collection contains some baptisms, confirmations, membership lists, funerals and member lists. The records may be in English, German, Danish and Swedish.
These records are in English, German, Danish and Swedish. For help with reading the records, see the following resources:
- Germany Languages
- German Genealogical Word List
- Denmark Languages
- Danish Genealogical Word List
- Sweden Languages
- Swedish Genealogical Word List
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The information found varies by record type. You may find any of the following:
- Names of the primary individuals such as the bride and groom
- Event dates and places
- Birth, marriage and death dates and places
- Names of other family members and their residences
- Names of sponsors and witnesses and their residences
- Biographical details
- Other remarks
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor.
- The approximate date of marriage.
- The place where the marriage occurred.
- The name of the intended spouse.
- The names of family members and their relationships.
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.
When searching, 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.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
- Use locations to find family in census, church, and land records.
- Use the information to search for the family in additional state and county records.
- Continue to search the index and records to identify other relatives.
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Look for another index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
- 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.
- A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring locality.
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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]
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