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You may also want to investigate other areas of the Indiana State Library that may contain marriage records; the records are organized by county, and then sub divided by subject.
The Indiana State Library has early marriage indexes for almost all (a few counties records were lost due to fires or floods) Indiana counties. In addition, we have microfilm copies of the actual marriage records for most Indiana counties. If we do not have a microfilm copy of a county's marriage record, we can supply the address of the appropriate county clerk's office.
The availability of the indexes and microfilmed records depends on the county and the timeframe. The Indiana State Library's Indiana Marriages through 1850 database is a compilation of the printed indexes for most Indiana counties. Marriages were recorded from the formation of the county; indexes for some counties go back to pre-statehood (1816). If you find an entry in this database, we can check our holding to see if we have the marriage record on microfilm. If we have the marriage record we can make a copy for you. We can also check some marriage indexes later than 1850 for you if you send an e-mail or letter request. Please include the names of the bride and groom, approximate date of the marriage and the county in which the marriage took place, if known.
Prior to around 1905, the marriage record proper did not routinely name the parents of the bride or groom. Starting in 1882, some Indiana counties kept a separate record book, called the marriage returns, which often did name the parents of the bride and groom. Some counties did keep a separate record of marriage applications, but this usually started in the early years of the 20th century.
Marriages are public records in Indiana. Current marriage records are available from the local county clerk's offices.
The Indiana State Department of Health began compiling a statewide marriage index in 1958. This was compiled as an information source only; the state does not keep copies of marriage records. The index indicates the county where the couple took out their marriage license. The Indiana State Library has a copy of the statewide marriage index on microfilm from 1962-1997. We also have the index in print form available in our Reading Room, 1958-1965. If you send us an e-mail or letter request, we can check the Indiana Statewide Marriage Index for a few years for specific names.
For a marriage that took place after 1997, contact the local county clerk's offices, in the county where the marriage license was issued. If you don't know the county where the marriage license was issued you can contact the Indiana State Department of Health directly.
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