FamilySearch Tips: How to Write a Reason Statement for a Marriage Record

Reason statements are an integral part of working with the FamilySearch family tree. Discover one way to write a reason statement for when you attach a marriage record to your ancestors.

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.

I found a marriage record for Henry Horace Banta to Hazel E Byers and I wanted 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.

Here's what I came up with:

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.

Notice how I mentioned what information was found on this record and tied the record to previously found information.

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Write Something in the Reason Statement Box on the FamilySearch Family Tree

While this reason statement doesn't qualify as a genealogy proof statement or proof argument, this reason statement is better than nothing (which often appears on FamilySearch).

But that's okay. Chances are you found this page because your a beginning family historian and you want a sample to mimic when you work on your family tree.

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