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Finding Mississippi Marriage Records

  • Marriages are kept by the circuit clerk for each county and usually begin at the creation of the county
  • 1926 - duplicate copies of the marriages were required to be sent to the state
  • Gap in the state records from June 30, 1938 to January 1, 1942 - write to circuit court clerks in the appropriate county for these years

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

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Marriages Before 1926

  • Marriages are kept by the circuit 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
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
Ancestry, Marriages, 1776-1935 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 684,772
Ancestry, Marriages, To 1825 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 9,029
FamilySearch, Marriage Index, 1800-1911 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 411,408
Ancestry, Marriages, 1826-1900 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 60,557
Ancestry, Marriages, 1826-1850 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 11,154
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor?

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

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 circuit court 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

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 1926 to Present

  • 1926 - duplicate copies of the marriages were required to be sent to the state
  • Gap in the state records from June 30, 1938 to January 1, 1942 - write to circuit court clerks in the appropriate county for these years

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index

Some marriage indexes after 1926 are found in the following database.

Marriage Indexes
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
Ancestry, Marriages, 1776-1935 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 684,772
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor?

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

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

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

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

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 circuit clerk.

OR

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County of Marriage From MS State Dept. of Health office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for free May be more expensive than ordering from the county
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