Donation; Acc.2000- 2472
This collection consists of marriage licenses from Grand Forks County, as well as eleven index books to the licenses, dating from 1875-1995. Researchers should begin their search by determining a certificate number from the index books. Once the correct number is found, the license can be found using the box and folder inventory.
The first index book dates from November 1875 until December 1886, for a total of 44 license entries. This book is unique in that there are no corresponding certificates for each entry. The entry for the certificate is the only record of the license. The title on the spine of the book reads Marriage Certificate Index.
The second index book dates from September 1887 until May 1889, and contains entries for 284 marriages. This index book contains a copy of each license in the book itself, with corresponding loose paper copies included in Box 1, Folders 1-12. The title on the spine reads Marriage Records.
The third index book dates from April 1889 until December 1891. Certificates from this book were given the letter "B" followed by a certificate number. The last numbered certificate from this book is B555, although there are very large gaps in the numbering scheme. As with the second index, a copy of the license is present in the book itself, with corresponding loose paper copies included in Box 1, Folders 13-18. The title on the spine reads Marriage Records.
Starting with the fourth index book, all entries have only a corresponding loose paper copy of the license; the index books serve only to provide the certificate number.
Index Book Four: January 1891 - October 1915 (Title on spine: Marriage License Index 1)
Index Book Five: October 1915 - October 1938 (Title on spine: Index to Marriage Licenses 2)
Index Book Six: October 1938 - August 1965 (Title on spine: Index to Marriage Licenses 3)
Index Book Seven: August 1965 - May 1974 (Title on spine: Index to Marriage Licenses 4)
Index Book Eight: May 1974 - December 1984 (Title on spine: Index to Marriage Licenses 5)
Index Book Nine: December 1984 - November 1985 (Title on spine: Index to Marriage Licenses 6)
Index Book Ten: November 1985 - January 1995 (Title on spine: Marriage Record Index 56)
Index Book Eleven: February 1995 - October 1995 (Title on spine: Marriage Record Index 57)