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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

  • 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.
  • North Dakota state wide registration of marriages began in 1925.
  • 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
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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

Military Records

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records

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Marriages 1899 to 1925

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

Free; most counties 18-- -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.
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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.

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Wiki Articles


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


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