Comparing Details in Different Marriage Records for the Same Ancestors

Comparing Details in Different Marriage Records for the Same Ancestors

You might be surprised by the different details provided in records covering the same ancestral event. We show you the differences among an 1889 marriage index, civil marriage record and church marriage register for the same couple.

Compare and contrast information in records covering your relative’s birth, marriage, death or other life event. Here, you can see the different details in three marriage records for Mike Fox and Mary Eiarmann, who were married in 1889: an index to the civil record, the original civil marriage record, and the church marriage record. We’ve highlighted new information the latter two provide.
 

Index to civil marriage record

 
Groom: Mike Fox
Race: W[hite]
Bride: Mary Eiarmann
Race: W[hite]
Place of marriage: Denver, Colo.
Date: 2-28-1889
Officiant and title: G [or C] Raeber, “C Priest”
Address: Denver, Colo.
“Colorado Statewide Marriage Index, 1853-2006.” Database with images. FamilySearch.org. http://www.familysearch.org, 2016.

Civil marriage record

 
 
Groom: Mike Fox
Bride: Mary Eiarmann
Marriage date: 2-28-1889
Marriage place: Denver, Colo.
Officiant: Godfrey Raeber, Catholic priest, Denver, Co.
Date of application: 2-23-1889
Date of filing: 3-6-1889
Witnesses: Gabriel Graizor and Mary Katzbon
Ages: over 21, as sworn to in affidavit
Colorado. Arapahoe County. Marriage record #7123, Mike Fox to Mary Eiarmann. Colorado State Archives, Denver. 

Church marriage record

Groom: Mike Fox
Bride: Mary Eiarmann
Marriage date: 2-28-1889
Marriage place: Denver, Colo.
Officiant: Godfrey Raeber, Catholic priest, St. Ann’s parish, Denver, Colo.
Ages: both age 21
Groom’s parents: Martin and Francis Fox
Groom’s birthplace: Germany
Bride’s birthplace: Ohio
Bride’s parents: Joseph and Catharine Eiarmann
St. Ann’s Catholic Church (Denver, Colorado). Marriage register, volume unknown, page 2, entry 43, Fox-Eiarmann marriage (1889), Archives of Archdiocese of Denver, Denver.
 

From the May/June 2017 Family Tree Magazine 

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