Where do I find Detroit and Wayne County (marriage & divorce) vital records online?

Marriage records can either knock brick walls down or reinforce them. Those little slips of paper can hold a treasure trove of family information and Wayne County researchers have multiple online resources at our disposal.

Typical information found on Michigan marriage records
(varies by record collection)

• Name of the bride and groom
• Date of marriage license
• Date and place of marriage
• Age of bride and groom
• Race of bride and groom
• Residence of bride and groom
• Birthplace of bride and groom
• Name of bride’s and groom’s parents
• Occupation of bride and groom
• Number of times previously married
• Name of person performing the marriage
• Witnesses to the marriage and their residence

 

Family Search

Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1935
22,188 Wayne County marriage records

Michigan, Marriages, 1822-1995
440,926 Detroit marriage records
659,434 Wayne County marriage records
While this electronic index collection is not complete for all of Michigan, it is a wonderful resource for Wayne County.

Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925
596,637 Detroit marriage records
748,724 Wayne County marriage records
Name index and images of marriages recorded in the State of Michigan. This is an excellent resource for Detroit researchers since the collection doesn’t just contain marriage records but marriage licenses, applications, registers, and certificates as well.

 

Ancestry.com

Michigan Marriages, 1851-1875
22,006 Wayne County marriage records
The Wayne County records in this database cover the years 1851 through 1869.

Michigan Marriages to 1850
18 Wayne County marriage records
(Eh.. I guess better than none)

U.S. Special Census on Deaf Family Marriages and Hearing Relatives, 1888-1895
4,513 Detroit marriage records
If you are lucky enough to find your ancestors in this database, you’ll be delighted with the wonderfully detailed documentation.
Information recorded on U.S. Special Census on Deaf Family Marriages includes:
• Names of husband and wife
• Whether deaf or hearing
• Age at which deafness occurred and the cause of deafness
• If attended school
• Occupation
• Details relating to the couple’s marriage (including date and place)
• Details relating to couple’s children, parents, and their siblings

  • names
  • number deaf or hearing
  • dates of birth
  • dates of death & cause of death

 

MIGenWEB

The Dibean Michigan Marriage Index
Jack and Marianne Dibean collected Michigan marriage information from various places over the years and researchers have sent them their ancestor’s marriage information to be organized into a free index that is available on MIGenWEB

 

Divorce

Sometimes marriages just do not work and couples divorce. Usually to find Detroit divorce records information, researchers would most likely have to go to a courthouse or the State of Michigan Archives in Lansing. Since June 11, Michigan, Divorce Records, 1897-1952 has been on Ancestry.com and I’m sure many Genealogists/family historians did little happy dances as they located their ancestors.

Michigan, Divorce Records, 1897-1952
1,089,951 Wayne County marriage records
This database includes divorce records created by the Michigan Department of Health, Bureau of Records and Statistics, as well as court returns of divorces.

Information on the divorce records may include:
• county and court of decree
• names and ages of both parties
• marriage date and location
• number of children
• who filed the complaint and the date of filing
• date of the final action
• alleged cause of divorce
• whether case was granted, contested, refused, or withdrawn
• whether the divorce was granted absolutely or with conditions

The issuing court may have more detailed information on the event.

Where do I find Detroit and Wayne County vital records online?

When you begin researching an individual, it is best to start with the 3 most treasured vital records of Genealogists/family historians: Birth, Marriage, and Death records. Let’s begin with Detroit/Wayne County birth records.

There are several great online resources for Detroit/Wayne County birth records. Please remember that even though all births were to be recorded by the county clerk and forwarded to the state of Michigan starting in 1867, some residents didn’t comply and sometimes paperwork became lost between the county clerk receiving the information and the state actually recording the data. Sometimes the birth was recorded by the state 12 – 18 months after the event.

Family Search
Michigan Births, 1867 – 1902

  • Index and images of Michigan statewide birth registration entries for the years 1867 to 1902.
  • 213,435 Detroit records
  • 267,515 Wayne County records

Michigan, Births and Christenings, 1775-1995

  • A random collection of indexed Michigan births and christenings during the years 1775 to 1995
  • 342,182 Detroit records
  • 446,484 Wayne County records

Ancestry.com
Michigan, Births and Christenings Index, 1867-1911

  • This database is an index extracted from more than 1.5 million birth, baptism, and christening records from Michigan.
  • 231,502 Detroit records
  • 297,563 Wayne County records

FamilySearch Adds More Than 10.7 Million Images to Collections from Australia, Brazil, England, France, Italy, Peru, Spain, and the United States

April 23, 2014

FamilySearch has added more than 10.7 million images to collections from Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, BillionGraves, Brazil, Czech Republic, England, France, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 3,662,720 indexed records from the New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839–1973, collection; the 913,314 indexed records from the England, Lancashire, Parish Register 1538–1910, collection; and the 473,107 images from the United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse), collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
Australia, Tasmania, Correspondence of the Immigration Office Concerning the Nomination, Arrival and Settlement of Migrants, 1920–1943 0 36,424 New browsable image collection.
Bahamas, Civil Registration, 1850–1959 231,492 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600–1911 21,372 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621–1910 21,372 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798–1906 0 946 Added images to an existing collection.
BillionGraves Index 383,150 383,150 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Bahia, Passenger Lists, 1855–1961 0 29,687 New browsable image collection.
Brazil, Paraíba, Catholic Church Records, 1731–2013 0 241,872 Added images to an existing collection.
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552–1948 18,931 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538–1911 454,789 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
England, Lancashire, Parish Register 1538–1910 913,314 0 Added images to an existing collection.
France, Finistère, Quimper et Léon Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1772–1863 2,992 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
France, Protestant Church Records, 1536–1863 0 11,162 Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, L’Aquila, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865, 1911–1943 12,240 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Italy, Trento, Diocesi di Trento, Catholic Church Records, 1548–1937 91,115 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839–1973 3,662,720 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1890–2005 0 256,111 New browsable image collection.
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 0 17,464 Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Castellón, Municipal Records, 1732–1952 0 61,524 New browsable image collection.
Arizona, Douglas, Arrival Manifests, 1906–1955 0 20,852 New browsable image collection.
Arkansas, Oakland and Fraternal Historic Cemetery Records, 1867–2013 0 25,618 New browsable image collection.
California, San Francisco Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving, 1954–1957 0 23,717 New browsable image collection.
Iowa, State Census, 1925 0 327,118 New browsable image collection.
Montana, Chouteau County Records,1876–2011 7,127 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Nebraska, State Census, 1885 747,367 27,732 New indexed record collection.
North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663–1979 11,240 988,324 Added images to an existing collection.
South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861–1941 0 7,346 New browsable image collection.
United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861–1934 868,571 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Washington, Soldier Home Records, 1891–1945 0 98,141 New browsable image collection.
Washington, Western District, Naturalization Records, 1853–1957 0 139,772 New browsable image collection.
United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 174,891 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse) 0 473,107 Added images to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 6.6 Million Indexed Records and Images to Collections from Austria, Brazil, England, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and the United States

April 3, 2014

FamilySearch has added more than 6.6 million indexed records and images to collections from Austria, Brazil, Dominican Republic, England, Mexico, Nicaragua, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,631,210 indexed records from the Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546–1971, collection; the 411,508 images from the U.S., Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860–1949, collection; and the 1,117,286 images from the Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537–1920, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537–1920 0 1,117,286 Added images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875–2013 0 187,787 Added images to an existing collection.
Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980 0 751,108 Added images to an existing collection.
Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801–2010 0 181,862 Added images to an existing collection.
England, Norfolk Register of Electors, 1844–1952 67,098 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
England, Northumberland, Cumberland, Durham, Miscellaneous Records, 969–2007 0 107,121 Added images to an existing collection.
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627–1978 44,393 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546–1971 1,631,210 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545–1977 76,270 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Mexico, Sonora, Catholic Church Records, 1657–1994 16,594 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605–1980 32,331 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Nicaragua, Civil Registration, 1809–2013 183,723 117,825 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Coimbra, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1835–1938 0 190,710 Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537–1911 0 616 Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Gerona, Municipal Records, 1566–1956 0 10,682 Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officers, 1833–1960 0 187,704 Added images to an existing collection.
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1834 35,826 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., District of Columbia Marriages, 1811–1950 5,287 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., Idaho, Bonneville County Records, 1867–2012 0 3,160 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Illinois, Lee County Records, 1830–1954 0 9,521 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860–1949 0 411,508 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787–1938 0 153,000 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1785–1950 0 156,679 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers, 1712–1970 0 114,332 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762–1979 198,482 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., Oregon, Douglas County Records, 1850–1983 0 192,530 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Oregon, Grant County Records, 1851–1992 0 35,132 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., South Carolina, Darlington County Records, 1798–1928 0 77,316 Added images to an existing collection.
United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907–1933 357,892 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds Close to 11.1 Million Indexed Records and Images to Collections from Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and the United States

March 26, 2014

FamilySearch has added close to 11.1 million indexed records and images to collections from Barbados, BillionGraves, Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,703,529 indexed records from the U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910, collection; the 766,368 indexed records and images from the new Canadian Headstones, collection; and the 2,917,490 indexed records from the England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570–1907, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free atFamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
Barbados, Church Records, 1637–1887 253,209 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
BillionGraves Index 534,057 534,057 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2013 0 109,743 Added images to an existing collection.
Canadian Headstones 766,368 0 New indexed record collection.
England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538–2010 171,083 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570–1907 2,917,490 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1539–1939 0 65,075 Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 0 137,860 Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Lamego, Diocesan Records, 1529–1963 0 237,263 Added images to an existing collection.
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645–1969 0 1,329 Added images to an existing collection.
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895–1972 11,622 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951–2006 10 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784–1956 0 106,020 Added images to an existing collection.
Sweden, Kalmar Church Records, 1577–1907; index 1625–1860 30,025 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906–1991 275,482 0 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Iowa, County Marriages, 1838–1934 223,134 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723–2009 63,947 87,588 New indexed records and images collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663–1979 30,607 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910 2,610,151 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787–1931 0 7,940 Added images to an existing collection.
United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798–1892 1,703,529 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899–2012 3,322 4,154 New indexed records and images collection.
United States Social Security Death Index 213,017 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.

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Irish Research on Ancestry Open thru March 17

Think you might be Irish every day of the year—not just on St. Patrick’s Day? To help you find out, subscription genealogy site Ancestry.com has opened up its collections of Irish records for free through March 17.

The free records include

  • church and civil indexes to Irish births and baptisms, marriages, and deaths (these are from FamilySearch)
  • the 1901 and 1911 Irish censuses
  • Catholic sacramental registers
  • Quebec vital and church records from the Drouin collection
  • Griffith’s Valuation
  • New York Emigrant Savings Bank records
  • Irish Canadian emigration records
Search the Irish record collections here. You’ll need to register for a free Ancestry.com account (or log into your free account) to take advantage of this offer. The free period ends Monday, March 17 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Mocavo Access Free Until Midnight Sunday, March 16

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