The Western Michigan Genealogical Society is in the process of computerizing the index to the early Kent County marriage records. The index is being placed on the Western Michigan Genealogical Societys website for your benefit.
Currently there are 135,787 records in the database. When it's finished, each person will (should) appear in the index twice since the Kent County Clerk's records have each marriage indexed under both the first spouse and the second spouse's names.
The originals are held at the Kent County Clerk's Office, and you can request copies of any records of interest from them.
Download this form and complete it as instructed. While it doesn't have a space for the Book and Page Numbers that our index provides, write them on the form in the Marriage License section, and indicate that you don't know the date (unless you do of course).
Include payment as instructed on the form.
Or you can order online, but at this time the online form isn't set to accept the Book and Page number. This is being worked through currently, and so may change in the future. You can do this online by going to this page https://www.accesskent.com/VitalRecords/ and clicking the link at the bottom for "Marriage Records 1845 to Present".
There is a fee for this - from the AccessKent.com web site:
Special notice about marriage record requests:
1) The search fee for a vital record is $10 and includes one certified copy. Additional copies of the same record are $3 for each copy. A nominal convenience fee ($3) also applies to your order total. Search and convenience fees are non-refundable.
The following are volunteers who have willingly spent their time on this project.
Nancy Myers Betty Johnson Evelyn Sawyer Melissa LaRue Nancy Phillips Kayleen Pawloski Diane Teelander Terry Start Mary Huizen Joanie Welke Roxann Wilkinson Ann Ed Pat Dobbins Marge Schnell Karma Hunt Pam McKinley Kay Paskiewicz Roger Moffat
This project is only partially completed and we invite anyone willing to volunteer their help to contact us.
Good Luck with your searches!!!
Any questions, please send me an eMail.
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Last modified by Roger at: Wednesday, 12-Sep-2007 07:45:17 EDT