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Missouri became a state in 1821, formed from Missouri Territory.

Finding Missouri Marriage Records

  • 1821 - Missouri laws required counties to record marriages
  • 1881 - county clerks began to send copies to the state
  • Missouri marriage records are not restricted and can be ordered by anyone during any time period

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

Marriage Records
Choose a time period:


Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages Before 1881

  • Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and 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
Ancestry, Marriages, 1805-2002 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 5,968,951
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1819-1969 On FamilySearch; free; no index 1,609,998 images
If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1750-1920 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 473,531
Ancestry, Marriages, 1766-1983 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 116,795
Ancestry, Marriages, to 1840 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 321
Ancestry, Marriages, to 1850 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 126,161
Ancestry, Marriages, 1851-1900 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 116,919
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.

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 recorder of deeds.
  • 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 Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.

  • Search the FHLC 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.
Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

Marriages 1881 to Present

  • 1881, county clerks began to send copies 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
Ancestry, Marriages, 1805-2002 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 5,968,951
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1819-1969 On FamilySearch; free; no index 1,609,998 images
If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1750-1920 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 473,531
Ancestry, Marriages, 1766-1983 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 116,795
Ancestry, Marriages, 1851-1900 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 116,919
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.

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

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

OR

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County where Marriage occurred Missouri Department 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
Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

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