Saturday, May 19, 2007

Western States Marriage Database

Brigham Young University (BYU) - Idaho has been working the past thirty years on indexing marriages in the Western States. The results of this indexing project have resulted in a free searchable online database. The database is currently under the direction of Regional Idaho Falls Family History Center since August of 2006 after the original direction retired from BYU - Idaho. Read below to find out more regarding the database.

"Most of the pre-1900 marriages are included in the index for Arizona, Idaho and Nevada. Many counties for those same states have been extracted into the 1930’s and some, much later. A significant number of marriages from selected counties in California, western Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Utah, eastern Washington, and Wyoming are also included. Very early marriages (1700’s) in New Mexico are currently being added. For more details, see "List of Counties by State". As of May 19, 2007, this file contains over 490,398 marriage records with additional entries being added nearly every working day.

At this time, the index is not comprehensive for the time period and/or localities described. However, the goal for this index is to have marriages from all 12 western states at the fingertips of family researchers. In the meantime, the index represents an effort to share results even though the index is incomplete and further proofreading and editing may be needed."

If you would like to search this database, click here and you will be redirected to the to site.

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