Marriage is one of life’s most meaningful events. It marks the beginning of a new family and the blending of two extended families and their unique traditions. A marriage can also bring with it a collection of hallowed family stories, learned and shared just as the new couple is beginning to make new ones. But, in many cases, precious family details have been lost in the sands of time, and it is left to the living to piece them together.
Historical records can fill in the holes of a family story, and marriage records, particularly, are among the most helpful. These unique records often have a piece of information that is a key to unlocking hard-to-find generations in a family tree—the bride’s maiden name and sometimes even her parents’ names.
Indexing marriage records makes information within the records searchable and helps reconnect people with their family stories. With the help of thousands of volunteer indexers, the US Marriages Project is doing just that. You can check the progress of the project and see which states are in the most need of indexing at familysearch.org/marriage.
My Marriage Record Story
We asked our volunteers (you!) how a marriage record has helped in your family history work, and you have shared over 400 stories with us. Each one of them is inspirational and testifies to the great work you are doing. You can add your own story of how a marriage record has helped you here.