Search tips on how to find a marriage certificate
I am looking for search tips on how to find my maternal grandparents marriage certificate. I contacted the county office that we were told by family members of where they were married, the Box Elder County clerk could not find the certificate. So, I thought if I went to the area my grandmother was raised in (Coalville, UT) that they might have a record, again no record found. A second cousin (who has since passed away) remembered the marriage in Box Elder County. Can somebody give me some tips on how to find a marriage certificate from the 1930's?
There is a great article in the FamilySearch Research Wiki called "How to Find Utah Marriage Records."
It suggests as a first step to try this indexed collection. It also has information about the different counties and what you might find on the record. They also have a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th step and what to do if they don't work. https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/16755461
Thank you so much jcbabcock!0
You've indicated that you are looking for marriage certificates from the 1930's. Another good resource is the FamilySearch collection, United States Western States Marriage Index, which you can access by clicking the title. Among other things, the search results will provide the certificate number and date of marriage, and place where the marriage was performed. This will make it much easier to request a copy of the certificate.
This index to marriage records in the western United States was created by volunteers at Brigham Young University-Idaho and the Snake River Family History Center. The most reliable information is the date and place of the marriage and license date. Other information is dependent upon the reliability of the informant.
You may want to search this collection with only the information for which you are absolutely confident. This would probably be just the names of your grandparents. If you are not satisfied with the search results, you can refine your search by adding a range of years for the marriage. It is generally recommended to use a broad range of years at first, and then narrow the range if you get too many results.0