How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records

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*Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and begin at the creation of the county  
 
*Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and begin at the creation of the county  
*1925 - county clerks began sending copies to the state
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*In North Dakota, copies of marriage licenses are not held by the state
  
 
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:<span style="font-size:120%">'''Marriage Records'''</span>  
 
:<span style="font-size:120%">'''Marriage Records'''</span>  
 
:<span style="font-size:120%">Choose a time period:</span>  
 
:<span style="font-size:120%">Choose a time period:</span>  
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records#Marriages_Before_1925|Before 1925]]''' </span>
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records#Marriages|Marriages (all years)]]''' </span>  
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records#Marriages_1925_to_Present|1925 to Present]]''' </span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Estimate United States Marriage Information|Marriage year unknown]]'''</span>
 
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Estimate United States Marriage Information|Marriage year unknown]]'''</span>
  
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== '''Marriages Before 1925'''  ==
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== '''Marriages'''  ==
  
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*There are currently no statewide online indexes to North Dakota marriages
 
*Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and begin at the creation of the county
 
*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 [[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|other records]].
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==== '''Obtain the Record'''  ====
 
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==== '''STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index'''  ====
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| colspan="4" | '''Marriage Indexes and Digital Images '''
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| width="15%" align="left" | '''Database Name - Index and Image'''
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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, 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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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
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|-
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| colspan="4" | '''If you do not locate the marriage in the above, try:'''
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|-
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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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|}
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="0"
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| '''''Can't access Ancestry?'''''
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| Visit your [https://www.familysearch.org/locations local Family History Center] or your local public library.
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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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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Record'''  ====
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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'''  
 
'''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 [http://elect.ky.gov/contactcountyclerks/pages/default.aspx county clerk].  
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:*If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the [http://www.ndhealth.gov/vital/marriage.htm county clerk].  
 
:*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.]]
 
:*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.]]
  
 
'''PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your 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 [http://elect.ky.gov/contactcountyclerks/pages/default.aspx county clerk].
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:*Order a copy of a marriage record for a fee from the [http://www.ndhealth.gov/vital/marriage.htm county clerk].
  
 
''OR''  
 
''OR''  
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== '''Marriages 1925 to Present'''  ==
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<center>[[How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records#Finding_North_Dakota_Marriage_Records|Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year]]</center>
 
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Online marriage indexes are incomplete for the years 1925 to the present.
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==== '''STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index'''  ====
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| colspan="4" | '''Marriage Indexes'''
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! valign="middle" bgcolor="#302040" scope="col" |  
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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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| 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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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Record''' ====
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=== American Indian Agency Records ===
  
'''PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage'''  
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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}}
  
:*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>
 
:*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.]]
 
 
'''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 [http://elect.ky.gov/contactcountyclerks/pages/default.aspx county clerk].
 
 
''OR''
 
 
:*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://chfs.ky.gov/dph/vital/mdcert.htm Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics] <br>
 
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| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''
 
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Cons'''
 
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''
 
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Cons'''
 
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| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state
 
| County websites can be more difficult to use
 
| 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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<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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== Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Wiki Articles  ==
  
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:*[[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]]__NOTOC__
 
:*[[Locating United States Vital Records|Locating United States Vital Records]]__NOTOC__
 
=== American Indian Agency Records  ===
 
 
'''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}}
 
  
 
=== References  ===
 
=== References  ===

Revision as of 23:53, 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
  • In North Dakota, copies of marriage licenses are not held by the state

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

Marriage Records
Choose a time period:


Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages

  • There are currently no statewide online indexes to North Dakota marriages
  • Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and begin at the creation of the county

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.

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

Return to the Top: Choose another marriage year

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

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