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Michigan Marriage Records

Marriage records or marriage licenses are the legal record of a wedding and its subsequent union. A marriage record contain the original unmarried names of both parties, their place of residence, the date, and also the county and state the marriage occurred in. This is why often marriage records are vital to almost all researchers as they not only provide information but also help unlock the path to other searches with information that is crucial and not easily obtainable Most notably, the brides maiden name. In Michigan, the Vital Records Office has records dating back all the way to 1867, although many marriages were not recorded with the state, especially before 1921. Michigan law MCL 333.2882(1) states that any individual can obtain a copy of a marriage record, although those with detailed quandaries may want to check the legislation. If you need to find out more about your family history or genealogy, marriage records are sometimes the most easily accessible and most reliable way to trace your ancestry through multiple generations. For quick, often free marriage records you can search online will reveal many records of possible value to your quest. Using the maiden name and possible background information about the bride's family is often essential to expanding your family tree.

 
State of Michigan Resources & Statistics
Separator Line

Population:
10,422,003

 
Under 18:
2,856,446

 
Over 65:
1,152,280

 
Employed:
5,222,542

 
Land in Square Miles:
56,803.82

 
Acres of Farms:
10,958,142

 
Births:
127,706

 
Deaths:
86,867

 
Infant Deaths:
926

 
 
Murder:
542

 
Forcible Rape:
4,502

 
Robbery:
12,964

 
Assault:
32,158

 
Total Violent Crime:
50,166

 
Burglary:
74,176

 
Larceny \ Theft:
183,168

 
Motor Vehicle Theft:
36,241

 
Total Property Crime:
293,585

 
Michigan Marriage Records Locations
Department of Health
Vital Records Requests
PO Box 30721
Lansing, MI 48909