- This project includes only marriage records.
- Marriage Sample 1
- Marriage Sample 2
- Marriage Banns
Number of Records per Image
- The data entry area is set at two records per image. You may need to add entry lines to match the number of records on the image. To add entry lines:
- On the menu bar, click Tools.
- Click Records per Image.
- Click in the Number of records box, and type the number of records on the image.
- Click OK.
Marriage Banns and Marriage Dates
- Some marriage records contain the dates of marriage banns, which are announcements of a proposed marriage, along with the marriage date.
- If the record includes the dates of the banns and of the marriage itself, index only the marriage date.
- If the records have only the dates of marriage banns, index in the marriage date fields the last date of banns (often the third date of banns).
How to Index Surnames for Women
- The general rule is that if no surname was recorded for a wife, do not assume a surname from the spouse. Leave the Surname field blank.
- An exception to this rule is that if the names of a husband and wife were recorded with the word "and" or the symbol "&" between the two given names (for example, "John and Mary Smith"), the surname may be indexed for both the husband and the wife.
- If both a maiden name and a married name (including any surnames from previous marriages) were recorded for a woman, index all surnames in the Surname field, with the maiden name first.
- Many of these records were handwritten. The handwriting resource on the data entry screen may help you decipher handwriting.
- To access this resource, click on the Handwriting Help icon (which looks like an inkwell with an orange feather quill).
- Click here for an additional resource for deciphering challenging handwriting.