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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
 
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
*Names of sponsors and witnesses and their residences
*Biographical details
*Other remarks
== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
To begin your search 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 ===
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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.
{{Tip|Don’t overlook {{FHL|Michigan, Marriage Records|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Catalog.}}
=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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 [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
== What Do I Do Next? ==
 
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date
*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 could be in a neighboring locality
== Citing This Collection ==
 
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.
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