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* Finding the minimum information for church records

To find an individual's marriage place in church marriage records, you must at least know the individual's name, and either the name of the church where the ceremony was performed or the name of the clergyman that appears on the certificate. If you do not have the minimum information to find a church record, you can either:

* Get help finding some of the minimum information by selecting the following item,

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* click the Back button on your browser to return to the list of other places where you can find marriage places, or

* read the paragraphs below for a few additional tips.

Finding church records

If you are not sure of the state or county where the marriage record may exist, try looking in the area where the couple's first child was born. You can find this information on the child's birth certificate. For other places to find an individual's birthplace, see the topic Birthplace. Also, if the bride and groom were both born in the same state or county, look for records in that state or county, too. The area where the bride's parents lived is another good place to check.

If you can find out the denomination of your ancestor's religion, you can try contacting all of the churches of that denomination in the area where you believe your ancestor lived. If they have records from the corresponding time period, they should be able to tell you whether or not your ancestor was a church member. If their records do not go back far enough, they may be able to tell you if any other churches of that denomination existed in the area at the time and where their records may be.

The International Genealogical Index (IGI), available through the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on both microfilm and the FamilySearch computer, contains references to some church records. To search through the IGI, you only need to know your ancestor's name, although knowing approximate birth and death dates and the area where your ancestor lived will help you narrow your search. When you find the name of an ancestor in the IGI, you can order microfilm copies of the records through the Family History Library.

Finding marriage places

Make sure to check photo albums, scrapbooks, diaries, and family Bibles at home. See the topic Finding information at home for more information. Also check for local histories. See the topic Finding previous research.

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