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Re: Marriage Records
Posted by: Ron Date: February 27, 2002 at 00:41:03
In Reply to: Marriage Records by Diane of 1310

As far as I know, there is no online database of early Licking Co. marriages. There is a book called, "Licking Co.(transcribed) Marriages 1808-75, done in 1984 by 2 excellent former genealogy society staff members, Polly Barcus and Mildred Francis, and published by LCGS.
Most of the records were destroyed in a fire 2 April 1875.
There were 3 small books that made it through the fire, covering 1808-1829. Evidently ALL between 1829-39 and after were destroyed. Then ministers and individuals brought in records to be re-recorded for 1842-75....of course not many did so.
The ladies mentioned above transcribed all the surviving and re-recorded ones and published it in this book. The book is in alphabetical order, so names of both the bride and groom are published twice,which stretched the book to 158 pages. To list the names once,would mean the book was half that size....telling you how few really appear, for all those years.
The original early books were supposedly still at the County Probate Office, as well as the ones that the transcription was made from. Generally these gave very little information.
Marriage books from 1875 onward are in the custody of the Licking Co. Genealogical Society, in storage, but to be accessible to the public. Even up to 2000, when I was at LCGS, Probate Court usually microfilmed the latest marriages occassionally and gave us the original books. So, they had up until at least 1999. I don't know if that is being attended to anymore, or not. In the genealogy library, are microfilms up until about 1937, with a hard-copy index, and the originals in the basement storage. Newer ones are just in storage, with no indices in the library itself. Hope this helps to clarify people's understanding.

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