Marriage Records in Allen County, Indiana

Indiana State Birth Certificates 1907-1940, WPA Death Indexes 1882-1920, Death Certificates 1899-2011 and Marriage Certificates 1958-2005

October 23, 2014 Governor Mike Pence announced the State of Indiana entered into a contract with Ancestry.com to digitize and eventually post online more than 13 million birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage records for access by Hoosiers. These online historical records, those older than 75 years, will start to become available in 2015, with the completion date expected by the State’s Bicentennial in 2016. This will be the largest online collection of the State of Indiana’s materials ever digitized. From October 23, 2014 IN.gov. A clarification states The online records will be available free through the State Archives but not initially. There is a three-year embargo so Ancestry.com can recoup its costs, the governor’s office said. However, the State Archives will be able to provide public access to the records at its Indianapolis location once the records are digitized. From Indiana partners with Ancestry.com to digitize records by Bill McCleery published October 23, 2014 in the Indy Star newspaper. See also Ancestry.com to Digitize Indiana Vital Records in the November 2014 edition of Indiana News by the Indiana Genenealogical Society.

State Collaboration with Ancestry Makes Millions of Indiana Vital Records Available Digitally Press Release posted June 1, 2016 on Archives and Records Administration, Indiana on IN.gov.

State Archivist Jim Corridan says Ancestry.com's agreement with Indiana specifies that the records cannot be made available free online for three years so the genealogy website can recoup its costs of digitizing the records. Copied from Ancestry.com digitizes 17M vital records under Indiana deal published June 2, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

A marriage license gives permisison and documents the intention of a couple to marry, that sometimes did not occur. A marriage record documents the actual marriage date and usually has the name of who performed and recorded the marriage.

The Allen County Clerk has marriage and divorce records - some older records are at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana

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ACGSI Marriage Records

  1. Allen Co. Marriages (1893-1896)
  2. Allen Co. Marriages (1940-1943)
  3. Allen Co. Marriages (1943- )
  4. Allen Co. Marriages (1958-2015)
  5. Allen Co. Marriages, African American (1867-1892)

Online Marriage Databases

  1. Indiana, Marriage Certificates, 1958-2005 on Ancestry.com requires an Ancestry.com account or use local public library
  2. Indiana Marriages 1958-2017 at the Indiana State Library. This index is public record compiled and provided to the Indiana State Library by the Indiana Department of Health. There could be some original input errors.
  3. Marriage License Public Lookup (beta) This database contains many—but not all—marriage records from 1993 to the present. This database is updated regularly and includes marriages as recent as two weeks ago.
  4. Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992 at FamilySearch. Name index to marriage records from the state of Indiana. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers.
  5. Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007 at FamilySearch. Indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. Index and images of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the state of Indiana between 1811 and 2007.
  6. Information found in the article Real ID and Indiana marriage records published March 28, 2019 on Indiana State Library blog.

Vital Records at The Genealogy Center

Over 30 titles to Marriage Records and applications in the card catalog at the The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Several early marraige records books after 1824-1888 online are embeded below:

Will add links to microfilm

Index to marriage record : Allen County 1824 - 1920 inclusive by United States. Works Progress Administration. Indiana Publication date 1938 ebook at Internet Archive

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Marriage record, Allen county, Indiana, August 8, 1824-December 1, 1834 by Gruse, Ila P. Pooler; Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County Publication date 1824 ebook at Internet Archive

Early Marriage Records of Allen County, Indiana 1824-1849 Volume 1, by Ehle, Josephine Crabill; Daughters of the American Revolution. Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter (Fort Wayne, Ind.); Wilkins, Cleo Goff Publication date [19--] ebook at Internet Archive

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Early Marriage Records of Allen County, Indiana 1849-1874 Volume 2, by Ehle, Josephine Crabill; Wilkins, Cleo Goff; Daughters of the American Revolution. Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Publication date [19--] ebook at Internet Archive

Early Marriage Records of Allen County, Indiana 1874-1888 Volume 3, by Ehle, Josephine Crabill; Wilkins, Cleo Goff; Daughters of the American Revolution. Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Publication date [19--] ebook at Internet Archive

Early Marriage Records of Allen Couonty, Indiana 1889-December 1899 Volume 4; Daughters of the American Revolution. Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter (Fort Wayne, Ind.) is not online.

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Marriage License

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  1. Photo of marriage license for George Misner and Amanda Garritson July 18, 1874 was posted May 18, 2019 on Facebook. A Comment by Nola Schieferstein-Rains stated: He was a painting contractor, born 12 July 1851, married Amanda Garretson, d. 15 January 1924, buried at Lindenwood Cemetery. Had children named Sarah, Jessie & Archie. Sarah & Archie died as infants or very young children. Jessie married married Otis Walter Uran. Their children were Kenneth, ValJean, Iva & Barbara. Both died in 1924 and are buried in Lindenwood Cemetery, perphaps of tuberculosis from their Find A Gravepages.
  2. June 19, 1912 marriage license of Alfred C. Voelker and Emilie E. Beuchel for June 20, 1912. Found in a Delaware County flea market, image donated December 6, 2014 by Eli Smith.

Additional Marriage Record Information

  1. Allen County, Indiana Marriage Records Index, Late 1970s to September 2009 at the The Genealogy Center.
  2. FamilySearch has:
    1. Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992 name index
    2. Indiana Marriages 1811-2007 Allen County marriages sometimes including an image of the unofficial marriage license. The Indiana Marriage Indexing Project (1811-2007) by the Indiana Genealogical Society has the status of Indiana's 92 counties. For more information see Indiana Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records) Wiki collection indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society.
    3. Indiana, Church Marriages, 1780-1993
  3. Indiana Marriages Through 1850 Index is at the Indiana State Library
  4. Indiana State Library Genealogy Database: Marriages through 1850 description of what the index above finds in the free and incomplete lists of location, names, and dates
  5. Indiana Marriages 1958-2015 at the Indiana State LibrarySee About the Index page. Marriage records were to be digitized then go online in 2015 in time for the state's 2016 bicentennial. Records are available exclusively on Ancestry.com for the first 3 years, then digital images will be given to the state. See Ancestry.com to Digitize Indiana Vital Records in the November 2014 edition of Indiana News by the Indiana Genenealogical Society. See all the Online Resources at the Indiana State Library.
  6. Indiana State Library Genealogy Database: Marriages through 1850
  7. HOOSIER WEDDINGS THROUGH THE (P) AGES by Justin Clark published April 27, 2017 on Hoosier State Chronicles - Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program blog.
  8. Indiana Void Marriages - IC 31-11-8 Chapter 8 - Information Maintained by the Office of Code Revision Indiana Legislative Services Agency for several void marriages such as IC 31-11-8-0.3 First Cousins after April 9, 1907 or IC 31-11-8-5 Common Law after January 1, 1958
  9. Finding Indiana Records by the Indiana Historical Society states: Marriage records are available from the Clerks of the Circuit Court in the county where the marriage was granted. The ISDH only has an Index to marriages since 1958.
  10. Indiana State Library Marriage Record Indexes database includes spouse’s name, county, date, and other remarks.
  11. Indiana's Golden Age of Marriage Records article in the IGS Indiana Genealogical Society October 4, 2012 newsletter about the 1940s through 1977 marriage applications useful genealogy questions. 
  12. 18 Ways to Find Someone's Marriage Information October 10, 2013 on The Ancestor Hunt blog.
  13. Marriage License Public Lookup (beta) at IN.gov. Search for publicly accessible information about marriage licenses issued in Indiana. This database contains many—but not all—marriage records from 1993 to the present. Because not every Indiana County uses the INcite e-file system, some records must be manually entered much later than the marriage took place.
  14. Marriage Record Books available at the Genealogy Division of the Indiana State Library. Many of these are likely available at the The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  15. RootsWeb's Guide to Tracing Family Trees Marriage Records discusses types of records available

Indiana Marriage Law Timeline

  1. 1818 law prohibited marriage between white and black Hoosiers
  2. 1852 law made divorce requirements so lax that the state became a nationally known divorce mecca
  3. 1873 law ended easy divorce
  4. 1972 law become one of the first no-fault divorce state
  5. 1997 Defense of Marriage Act banned same-sex marriages
  6. 2004 Indiana general assembly took up a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriages
  7. 2014, October 6, the United States Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage in Indiana. Read Same-sex marriage ban lifted Justices toss Indiana appeal Wayback version by Niki Kelly published October 7, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Other information from Party politics turns personal Indiana both initiates, reflects national trends Wayback version by James H. Madison originally published October 12, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Divorce

Research Tip: Indiana's Divorce Mill by Meredith Thompson published June 22, 2016 on Indiana Genenealogical Society blog.

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Page updated: May 21, 2019