AncestorNews: Online Marriage Data

AncestorNews: Online Marriage Data

As you've probably discovered in your own research, sometimes the only way to scale a brick wall is to use genealogy's version of a back door. For me, this meant tracking down families who married into my family—and then researching the allied families' roots. One of my major...

As you’ve probably discovered in your own research, sometimes the only way to scale a brick wall is to use genealogy’s version of a back door. For me, this meant tracking down families who married into my family—and then researching the allied families’ roots.

One of my major research achievements was the recovery of a lost line, accomplished by finding a marriage record and then using that record to trace the bride’s family back another few generations until I found my own family again.

Over time, I’ve collected an extensive list of online marriage records, and thought you’d be interested in exploring them. Please note, this is by no means a complete list-just the ones I’ve found in my own research. E-mail me if you’ve found other online sources for free marriage databases—I’d love to create a Web site that links to all of them.

&#149 Marriage Records (not a database, but a good introduction to marriage records for genealogists)
www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson5.htm

&#149 GeneaLinks (35,000 marriage records)
genealinks.com

&#149 Early Quaker Marriages
home.sprynet.com/%7Ejrichmon/qkrcoll.htm

&#149 AncestralFinding Free Marriage Record Lookups
www.ancestralfindings.com/page05.htm

&#149 Free BMD (births, marriages, deaths in England and Wales)
freebmd.rootsweb.com

&#149 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900
www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html

&#149 Western States Historical Marriage Record Index
abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/fhc/newMarriage/searchForm.cfm?1074644337757

&#149 4 USGenWeb Marriage Project
www.rootsweb.com/%7Eusgenweb/marriages

&#149 Marriage Record Index at Ray Brown’s Place (links to several New England marriage indexes)
www.rays-place.com/index-m.htm

&#149 Kentucky Vital Records Index
ukcc.uky.edu/~vitalrec

&#149 A Marriage Database for Northern England
website.lineone.net/~jjoiner/mindex/mindex.html

&#149 Indiana Marriage Database (through 1850)
www.statelib.lib.in.us/www/isl/indiana/genealogy/MIRINFO.HTML

&#149 Putnam County, Tennessee Marriage Database
www.tngenes.net/marriages/search.html

&#149 Baker County, Oregon Marriages 1862-1980
www.accessgenealogy.com/data/BakerMarriage.php


Nancy Hendrickson is a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine. She also is a family historian, freelance writer and the author of two astronomy books. Her Web site is at www.ancestornews.com. E-mail her at stjoemo@pobox.com

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