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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The U.S. Marriage Project is Indexing nearly every U.S. Marriage since the early 1800s

Quoting from the above blog post,
The U.S. Marriages Project, a joint initiative between and, is actively working to save the marriage records from every state in the United States. Through the indexing efforts of online volunteers across the U.S, this service project will create a high quality, searchable database of nearly every marriage recorded in the United States since the early 1800s.
 To join this ambitious project, follow these steps:
To select a project, follow these steps:
I’m New to FamilySearch Indexing
  1. Go to the list of U.S. Marriage Projects here:
  2. Find a project with the term “Marriage Records” in the title, as in this example: US, California—Marriage Records, 1750–1990
  3. Click Get Started, and follow the instructions.
I Have Used FamilySearch Indexing and Have the Software on My Computer
  1. Open the indexing program on your laptop or desktop computer.
  2. Click the blue Download Batch button.
  3. A pop-up window will open. Click the button to select Show all projects.
  4. Click the column Project Name (this sorts the list alphabetically).
  5. Select a US State—Marriage Records project.


  1. Correctly identifying Bonds, Banns, Licenses, registrations of Intentions, records of publication of intentions? Accurately citing sources (say, Liber:page of correctly titled record)? If not, just another half-hearted effort. Wish FamilySearch would adopt an accuracy-in-citation policy.

  2. Geolover is so correct. Anything, but the actual marriage does not mean a marriage took place. A couple may have posted their intent or a banns, or whatever. For one reason or another the marriage may not have taken place. I have run into this problem more than once when I have discovered that at least one of them was married to someone else within a few weeks.