Michigan Church Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Michigan Church Marriages, 1865-1931
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|Flag of Michigan|
|Location of Michigan|
|Record Type||Marriages Index|
|Churches from various counties.|
- 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
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection consists of an index to selected marriages from various churches throughout Michigan, 1865-1931. 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.
Reading These Records[edit | edit source]
These records are in English, German, Danish and Swedish. For help with reading the records, see the following resources:
- German Language and Languages
- German Word List
- Denmark Language and Languages
- Danish Word List
- Sweden Language and Languages
- Swedish Genealogical Word List
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records
- 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
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, 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 the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- 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
- A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor could be in a neighboring locality
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Michigan.
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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