How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records

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North Dakota was created in 1889, from Dakota Territory. State wide restration of marriage records began in 1925. You may obtain dopies of marriage records by writing to the division of vital records, or [http://www.ndhealth.gov/vital/marriage.htm locate the contact information] for Clerk of Court or County Recorder.&nbsp; <br>
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== Finding North Dakota Marriage Records  ==
 
== Finding North Dakota Marriage Records  ==
  
*Before statewide registration, individual towns or counties issued marriage licenses and recorded marriages. Write to the office of the judge of the county court or the clerk of the district court for these records. In counties with less than 15,000 population, the judge of the county court serves as the clerk of the district court.
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*Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and begin at the creation of the county  
*North Dakota state wide registration of marriages began in 1925. <br>
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*1958 - county clerks began sending copies to the state
*North Dakota marriage records are not restricted and can be ordered by anyone during any time period
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{{Tip|More marriage information is usually found on the '''marriage license application''' or the '''marriage register'''. Less information is found on the '''marriage certificate'''. }}
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== '''Next Step: When did the marriage occur? '''  ==
 
== '''Next Step: When did the marriage occur? '''  ==
  
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:<span style="font-size:120%">'''Marriage Records'''</span>
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records#Marriages_Before_1925|Before 1925]]''' </span>
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<br> [[Frequently Asked Questions about United States Marriage Records|'''Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records''']]  
 
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== '''Marriages Before 1925'''  ==
  
== '''Marriages Before 1889'''  ==
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*Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and begin at the creation of the county
  
*Before 1893, no marriages were recorded by the county or state
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If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for marriage information in [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|other records]].
  
<br> If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for marriage information in [[Marriage Information Substitute Records|other records]].
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==== '''STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index'''  ====
  
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| '''1. Look first in'''
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| colspan="4" | '''Marriage Indexes and Digital Images '''
| '''2. Then search'''
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| [[North Dakota Church Records|Church Records]]<br>
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| width="15%" align="left" | '''Database Name - Index and Image'''
[[North Dakota Newspapers|Newspapers]]<br> [[North Dakota Military Records|Military Records]]<br> [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | '''Link or links to access database'''
 
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| width="15%" align="center" | # of records
| [[North DakotaCensus|Census Records]]
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[[North Dakota Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]<br> [[North Dakota Vital Records|Death Records]]<br> [[United States Bible Records|Bible Records]]  
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| width="30%" | FamilySearch, Marriages, 1797-1954
 
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | {{RecordSearch|1804888|On FamilySearch}}; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years
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| align="center" | 184,092
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1852-1914
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1117 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]  
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1117 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]  
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| align="center" | 230,792
 
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| colspan="4" | '''If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:'''
<center>[[How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records#Finding_North_Dakota_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br> </center> <center><br></center>
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| width="15%" align="left" | '''Database Name-Index Only '''
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | '''Link or links to access database'''
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| width="15%" align="center" | # of records
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| width="30%" | FamilySearch, Marriages, 1785-1979
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | {{RecordSearch|1674849|On FamilySearch}}; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years
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| align="center" | 1,532,533
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1795-1850
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3455 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3455 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]
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| align="center" | 7,970
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1802-1850
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2089 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2089 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]
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| align="center" | 72,640
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1851-1900
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4428 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4428 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]
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| align="center" | 307,737
 
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== '''Marriages 1899 to 1925'''  ==
 
  
 
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| align="left" colspan="3" | '''North Dakota Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images'''  
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| width="30%" | '''No marriage record for your ancestor?'''  
 
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[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Search for Gretna Greens]]-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive. <br> [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Search other records]] with marriage information.  
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| width="25%" | {{RecordSearch|-------|North Dakota Marriages, ---- - ----}}
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'''Free;''' most counties 18-- -1925: Free name index with images online at FamilySearch.  
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Records include such information as names of bride and groom, date of license, ages, race, residences, birthplaces, occupations and names of the fathers of the bride and groom.
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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Record''' ====
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| {{RecordSearch|-------|North Dakota, County Marriages, ---- - ----}}
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'''Free;''' name index with images online at FamilySearch.
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<br> '''Does not''' include the following counties:  
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If you did not find your ancestor in the databases above, follow the instructions below:  
  
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'''PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage'''
  
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:*If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the [http://elect.ky.gov/contactcountyclerks/pages/default.aspx county clerk].
| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the online index?'''
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:*If you don't know the date or county of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|other records.]]
| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]  
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No marriage record for your ancestor?'''
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[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Search for Gretna Greens]]-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
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[[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Other records with marriage information]]
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'''PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records'''
  
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:*Order a copy of a marriage record for a fee from the [http://elect.ky.gov/contactcountyclerks/pages/default.aspx county clerk].
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:*View a copy of a marriage record on microfilm at a Family Search Center:
  
'''Marriage Records on Microfilm''' <br> Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c= Family Search Center]. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the&nbsp;[http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.  
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Some images of county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c= Family Search Center]. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the&nbsp;[http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.  
  
 
::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county.  
 
::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county.  
 
::*Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.  
 
::*Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.  
::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
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::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local FamilySearch Center.
 
<center>[[How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records#Finding_North_Dakota_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>  
 
<center>[[How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records#Finding_North_Dakota_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>  
 
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== '''Marriages 1925 to Present'''  ==
 
== '''Marriages 1925 to Present'''  ==
  
Marriage licenses may be found in the county records where the marriage occurred.  
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Online marriage indexes are incomplete for the years 1925 to the present.  
  
'''STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information'''  
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==== '''STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index''' ====
  
:*Copies may be ordered from the [http://www.ndhealth.gov/vital/marriage.htm North Dakota county clerk].
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
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| colspan="4" | '''Marriage Indexes'''
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | '''Link or links to access database'''
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| width="15%" align="center" | # of records
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| width="30%" | FamilySearch, Marriages, 1785-1979
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | {{RecordSearch|1674849|On FamilySearch}}; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years
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| align="center" | 1,532,533
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| width="30%" | RootsWeb, Marriages, 1973-2000
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | [http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ky/marriage/search.cgi\ On RootsWeb]; free
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| align="center" | 1,213,864
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| Ancestry, Marriages, 1973-1999
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8787 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers]
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| width="35%" align="center" | [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8787 $, Use your own Ancestry subscription]
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| align="center" | 2,342,097
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| width="30%" | Univ. of KY, Marriages, 1973-1993
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| width="70%" align="left" colspan="2" | [http://ukcc.uky.edu/vitalrec/ On University of Kentucky website]; free; date is given in a code: MM/DD/YY
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| align="center" | Undisclosed
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:*Copies may be ordered from the [http://www.ndhealth.gov/vital/ North Dakota Department of Public Vital Records].
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'''PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage'''
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:*If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the [http://elect.ky.gov/contactcountyclerks/pages/default.aspx county clerk]&nbsp;or<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">&nbsp;the </span>[http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/vital/mdcert.htm Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics]<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">.</span>
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:*If you don't know the date or county of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|other records.]]
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'''PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records'''
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:*A copy of a marriage record may be ordered for a fee from the [http://elect.ky.gov/contactcountyclerks/pages/default.aspx county clerk].
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:*A copy of a marriage record may be ordered for a fee from the [http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/vital/mdcert.htm Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics].
  
 
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| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Marriage Certificates'''
 
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://elect.ky.gov/contactcountyclerks/pages/default.aspx From County where Marriage occurred]  
| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.ndhealth.gov/vital/ From ND Dept. of Health Vital Records]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/vital/mdcert.htm Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics] <br>
 
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| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state  
 
| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state  
 
| County websites can be more difficult to use  
 
| County websites can be more difficult to use  
| Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee
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| Expedited service on [https://www.vitalchek.com/marriage-records/kentucky/kentucky-office-of-vital-statistics VitalChek]
 
| May be more expensive than ordering from the county
 
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{{Tip|'''''When ordering North Dakota marriage records:'''''}}
 
 
Ask for the marriage license or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. The license or register usually contains more information.<br> <br>
 
<center>[[How to Find Michigan Marriage Records#Finding_North_Dakota_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center> <center><br></center>
 
 
== Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Wiki Articles  ==
  
:*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/North_Dakota North Dakota]
 
:*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/North_Dakota_Online_Genealogy_Records North Dakota Online Records]
 
:*[[North Dakota Vital Records|North Dakota Vital Records]]
 
 
:*[[How to Find United States Marriage Records#Tips_about_Searching_United_States_Marriage_Records|Learn more about U.S. marriage records]]  
 
:*[[How to Find United States Marriage Records#Tips_about_Searching_United_States_Marriage_Records|Learn more about U.S. marriage records]]  
 
:*[[How to Find United States Birth Records|How to find U.S. birth records]]  
 
:*[[How to Find United States Birth Records|How to find U.S. birth records]]  
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:*[[United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]]  
 
:*[[United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]]  
 
:*[[U.S. Vital Records Overview|U.S. Vital Records Overview]]  
 
:*[[U.S. Vital Records Overview|U.S. Vital Records Overview]]  
:*[[Locating United States Vital Records|Locating United States Vital Records]]
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=== American Indian Agency Records  ===
 
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=== American Indian Agency Records. ===
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'''1880-1942 Births, marriages and deaths, [[Standing Rock Indian Agency (North Dakota)|Standing Rock Agency]]. Bureau of Indian Affairs. ''' FHL Films 1,204,876 and 1,021,936 {{FHL|265795 |item|disp=FHL film first film 1204876}}  
 
'''1880-1942 Births, marriages and deaths, [[Standing Rock Indian Agency (North Dakota)|Standing Rock Agency]]. Bureau of Indian Affairs. ''' FHL Films 1,204,876 and 1,021,936 {{FHL|265795 |item|disp=FHL film first film 1204876}}  
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''Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in North Dakota''. By the North Dakota Historical Records Survey, Division of Community Service Programs, Work Projects Administration. FHL Book 978.4 V23h. FHL film 1,036,526 item 3  
 
''Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in North Dakota''. By the North Dakota Historical Records Survey, Division of Community Service Programs, Work Projects Administration. FHL Book 978.4 V23h. FHL film 1,036,526 item 3  
 
  
 
[[Category:North_Dakota_Vital_Records]] [[Category:How_to_articles]]
 
[[Category:North_Dakota_Vital_Records]] [[Category:How_to_articles]]

Revision as of 23:47, 26 July 2013

How To Find U.S. Marriage Records go to How To Find North Dakota Marriage Records

Finding North Dakota Marriage Records

  • Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and begin at the creation of the county
  • 1958 - county clerks began sending copies 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 1925

  • 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
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1797-1954 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 184,092
Ancestry, Marriages, 1852-1914 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 230,792
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, 1785-1979 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 1,532,533
Ancestry, Marriages, 1795-1850 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 7,970
Ancestry, Marriages, 1802-1850 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 72,640
Ancestry, Marriages, 1851-1900 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 307,737
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 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 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 1925 to Present

Online marriage indexes are incomplete for the years 1925 to the present.

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index

Marriage Indexes
Database Name-Index Only Link or links to access database # of records
FamilySearch, Marriages, 1785-1979 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years 1,532,533
RootsWeb, Marriages, 1973-2000 On RootsWeb; free 1,213,864
Ancestry, Marriages, 1973-1999 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 2,342,097
Univ. of KY, Marriages, 1973-1993 On University of Kentucky website; free; date is given in a code: MM/DD/YY Undisclosed

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

  • A copy of a marriage record may be ordered for a fee from the county clerk.

OR

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County where Marriage occurred Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Expedited service on VitalChek May be more expensive than ordering from the county
Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

Wiki Articles

American Indian Agency Records

1880-1942 Births, marriages and deaths, Standing Rock Agency. Bureau of Indian Affairs. FHL Films 1,204,876 and 1,021,936 FHL film first film 1204876

References

Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in North Dakota. By the North Dakota Historical Records Survey, Division of Community Service Programs, Work Projects Administration. FHL Book 978.4 V23h. FHL film 1,036,526 item 3