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Record Index - Data Base



Cincinnati Marriage Indexes

In the lists accessible below, you can see if a person's marriage record is at the court house, at churches or in newspapers before 1890.

Germans, after coming to Cincinnati, sometimes modified the spelling of their name, especially if it contained an Umlaut or Eszett, so you need to search variations in the spelling. Look for all ways that the name might be spelled, for example -- Bürck, Buerck, Burck, Bürk or Burk. In cases with Umlauts, it may have changed as follows: ä to ae, ö to oe and ü to ue. But, sometimes the Umlaut was just dropped. One example is Dörger from Goldenstedt. One family has used the spelling Doerger since arriving, while descendants of a cousin have used Dorger. The Eszett "ß" may or may not have been changed to "ss".

The indexes are split into 84 files. Names starting with A to Aly are in A, names starting with An and Aq are in Am, etc. Last names in some records were unreadable. They are listed in the Illegible button.

Click on the letters below that begin or are just before the groom's name of interest. Then click Back on your browser to return to this page to read the information below the letter boxes.



"The name I am searching is on the list, what does the code mean and how do I get more information ?"

Once you find names of interest, select the names, copy the line(s) to your word processor or write it down on paper.

The decade range, say 1860-69, means the marriage occurred within that period.

The code format is either a single code (V, G, S, RCH, CH) or in the form of book#-CH or book#-RCH for court house records or #-P-A for Protestant (non-Catholic) churches or #-C-AA or #-C-AAA for Catholic churches. Sometimes an asterisk (*) follows indicating more information is in the records. For all codes, click on full code list

The code indicates which Index Books have exact date information and original sources. These are:

Newspapers: CT-, G, FP, V, VF2, 5-PZ3, 6-PZ3, 6-VB2, etc. - click on full newspaper details

Court House records - CH, 7-CH or RCH. - click on court house marriages details

Non-Catholic Church records: - #-P-A to Z or #-P-A3, etc. - click on Code to Protestant church list

Non-Catholic Church records: - A to Z names - click on full Protestant church list

Catholic Church records: #-C-AA to ZZ or #-C-AAA to ZZZ. - click on Code to Catholic church list

Catholic Church records: All Saints to St. Xavier - click on full Catholic church list

Examples from the list follow:

 G   1840-1849     Abbott, John Thomas, Jane    Their marriage notice is in the Cincinnati Gazette between 1840 and 1849
 6-VB4 1860-1869     Abbott, John D. VanAusdoll, Margaret     Their marriage notice is on page 4 of the Volksblatt between 1860 and 1869.
 E-RCH 1840-1849     Abbott, Robert Thompson, Elcy     Their marriage is in the restored marriages at Court House.
 5-C-JJ 1850-1859   Abel, Francis Elsen, Elisabeth     Their marriage is in St. Philomena Catholic church records between 1850 and 1859.

The Index Books page will have the starting code letters (E-, 5-, PZ-, 6-, VB-, 7-, CT-, FP- VF2-, S-, V, G) and name of the book that contains marriage information about that person. For example: The " 5-P-A " means a protestant church marriage record is in the book,Restored Marriages 1850-59