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Finding Arkansas Marriage Records

  • Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and usually begin at the creation of the county
  • 1917 - duplicate copies of the marriages were required to be sent to the state

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

Marriage Records
Choose a time period:


Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages Before 1917

  • Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and usually begin at the creation of the county

If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for marriage information in other records.

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index

Marriage Indexes and Digital Images
Database Name - Index and Image Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1837-1957 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 1,001,777
If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
Ancestry, Marriages, 1837-1957 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 3,554,066
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1837-1944 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 1,001,777
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1933-1939 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 421,079
Ancestry, Marriages, 1933-1939 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 421,079
Ancestry, Marriages, 1779-1992 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 202,790
Ancestry, Marriages, 1851-1900 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 142,055
Ancestry, Marriages, 1820-1949 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 39,640
Ancestry, Marriages, to 1850 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 18,173
Can't access Ancestry? Visit your local Family History Center or your local public library.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Search other records with marriage information.

Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

If you did not find your ancestor in the databases above, follow the instructions below:

PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

  • If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the county clerk.
  • If you don't know the date or county of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in other records.

PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records

  • Order a copy of a marriage record for a fee from the county clerk.

OR

  • View a copy of a marriage record on microfilm at a Family Search Center:

Some images of county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the FamilySearch Catalog to see what is available.

  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local FamilySearch Center.
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Marriages 1917 to Present

  • 1917 - duplicate copies of the marriages were required to be sent to the state

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index

Marriage Indexes and Digital Images
Database Name - Index and Image Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1837-1957 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 1,001,777
If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
Ancestry, Marriages, 1837-1957 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 3,554,066
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1837-1944 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 1,001,777
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1933-1939 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 421,079
Ancestry, Marriages, 1933-1939 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 421,079
RootsWeb, Marriages, 1934-1939 On RootsWeb; free; arranged by bride. Undisclosed
Ancestry, Marriages, 1779-1992 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 202,790
Ancestry, Marriages, 1820-1949 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 39,640

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

  • If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the county clerk.
  • If you don't know the date or county of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in other records.
1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records

Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records

PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records

  • Order a copy of a marriage record for a fee from the county clerk.

OR

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County of Marriage From AR Dept. of Health
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use
May be more expensive than ordering from the county
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