How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records

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North Dakota was created in 1889, from Dakota Territory. In 1893 law requiring registration of births, this law was repealed then reenacted in 1899. North Dakota, generally complied by 1923. The clerk of the district court in the counties have copies of these 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  ==
  
*1805 Michigan laws required counties to record marriages  
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*1925 Michigan laws required counties to record marriages  
*1 April 1867, the county clerk began to forward marriage records to the secretary of state
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*An additional 1905 law resulted in greater statewide compliance
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*North Dakota marriage records are not restricted and can be ordered by anyone during any time period
 
*North Dakota marriage records are not restricted and can be ordered by anyone during any time period
  
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:*'''[[How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records#Marriages_1925_to_Present|1925 to Present]]'''  
 
:*'''[[How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records#Marriages_1925_to_Present|1925 to Present]]'''  
 
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== '''Marriages Before 1893'''  ==
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== '''Marriages Before 1889'''  ==
  
*Before 1805, no marriages were recorded by the county or state  
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*Before 1893, no marriages were recorded by the county or state
*1805 to 1820 very few records exist
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<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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<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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[[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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'''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[http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.
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::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county.
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::*Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
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::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
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'''STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information'''  
 
'''STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information'''  
  
:*Copies may be ordered from the [http://www.North Dakota.gov/html county clerk].
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:*Copies may be ordered from the [http://www.ndhealth.gov/vital/marriage.htm North Dakota county clerk].
  
:*Copies may be ordered from the North Dakota Department of Public Health.
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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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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.ndhealth.gov/vital/marriage.htm From County where Marriage occurred]
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Ask for the marriage license or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. The license or register usually contains more information.<br> <br>  
 
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>  
 
<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 ==
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:*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/North_Dakota North Dakota]
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:*[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]
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:*[[North_Dakota_Vital_Records|North Dakota Vital Records]]
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:*[[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]]  
 
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=== References  ===
 
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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  

Revision as of 12:40, 11 June 2013


How To Find U.S. Marriage Records go to 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 locate the contact information for Clerk of Court or County Recorder. 


Finding North Dakota Marriage Records

  • 1925 Michigan laws required counties to record marriages
  • North Dakota 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 1889

  • Before 1893, no marriages were recorded by the county or state


If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, 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


Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year



Marriages 1899 to 1925

North Dakota Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images
Try 1st:
North Dakota Marriages, ---- - ----

Free; most counties 1868-1925: Free name index with images online at FamilySearch.

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.

Try 2nd:
North Dakota, County Marriages, ---- - ----

Free; name index with images online at FamilySearch.


Does not include the following counties:


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

Marriage Records on Microfilm
Some 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 Family Search Center.
Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year


Marriages 1925 to Present

Marriage licenses may be found in the county records where the marriage occurred.

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County where Marriage occurred From ND Dept. of Health Vital Records
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 an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county

Ask for the marriage license or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. The license or register usually contains more information.

Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

Wiki Articles


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

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