How to Write a Reason Statement for a Marriage Record

After reading the plea to fill in the reason statement box and reviewing some basic tips for what to put in the box, do you still need more concrete examples? Well, you’re in luck. I will be sharing various examples of reason statements that I have left behind. Use these as idea generators for how you will write your statements.

I found a marriage record for Henry Horace Banta to Hazel E Byers and I want to attach the record to the FamilySearch Family Tree.  I want to provide as much information that I can remember why I attached this record, including as many of my 5 Dos for writing a statement as possible.

Marriage record of Henry Banta, son of John and Laura Banta, born in Van Wert, Ohio (information provided on his birth record) to Hazel E Byers (born in Indiana, according to this record).

The record provides birth date and place, marriage date, and place, and parents’ names.

I mentioned what information was found on this record and tied the record to previously found information. I didn’t include all 5 Dos, but I was able to avoid a few don’ts.

Remember, for most people this reason statement is better than nothing. It doesn’t hold to genealogical proof standards, but then again, those seeking this sort of How To post are looking for something that will get them started and keep them from being in too much trouble with more experienced genealogists.

Source: “Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007,” database with images, FamilySearch (, Henry H Banta and Hazel E Byers; citing county clerk offices, Indiana; FHL microfilm 1,665,896.

Follow this formula for explaining why a marriage ecord pertains to your ancestor before you attached it to them on FamilySearch #genealogy #ancestors #research
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Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

2 thoughts on “How to Write a Reason Statement for a Marriage Record

  1. We noticed that the marriage license information was filled out in the same handwriting in many records we’ve searched. Are there any identifying “signatures” or other fields that would be filled out by the applicants that we can use to be certain they are “real” documents? Your advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Often in such records, the same handwriting is the clerk. The records are legitimate because they became part of the official court records to use in any further court cases to establish marriages. The signatures of the applicants became important in ‘modern’ records, but the lack of their own hand doesn’t negate the legitimacy (or realness) of the record.

      Does that help? If not, ask a follow-up question. We’re here to help.

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