REXBURG, Idaho — Twenty years and 370,987 marriages later, Blaine Bake's work reaches a culmination. Brother Bake, a religion faculty member at BYU-Idaho, has spent thousands of hours visiting county courthouses and viewing microfilms. With the help of several volunteers, he has compiled the most comprehensive index of marriage records for the western United States. This month, BYU-Idaho's Western States Historical Marriage Records Index received national recognition from Family Tree Magazine, which recognized the site as an all-time favorite.
Historical marriage index recognized
By Deseret News