Arkansas Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
|Access the Records|
Arkansas, Marriage Index, 1933-1939 .
|This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.|
|Arkansas, United States|
|Flag of Arkansas|
|Location of Arkansas|
|Record Type||Marriage Index|
|Arkansas Genealogical Society|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can these Records Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 Citing this Collection
- 6 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
This collection includes an index to marriage records from the Arkansas Vital Records Division, Arkansas Department of Health, for the years 1933 to 1939. The index is provided by Ancestry.com. Many marriages recorded in the South, are separated by race in volumes, books, or registers. Be sure to check to determine if you have the right set of marriage records.
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Arkansas marriages, click here.
What Can these Records Tell Me?
The index includes the following information:
- Name of bride and groom
- Bride's parents
- Groom's parents
- Ages of bride and groom
- Calculated birthdates for the bride and groom
- Marriage date and place
- Reference ID - Page/Volume/Entry/Certificate Number
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:
- The names of the bride and groom.
- The place where the marriage occurred.
- The marriage date.
- The names of other relatives who may have served as witnesses.
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [FamilySearch Tips and Tricks].
Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
- Use the information to find additional family members. Witnesses or bondsmen were usually relatives.
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
- Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?
- Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
- Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
- Search the indexes and records of Arkansas, United States Genealogy.
- Search in the Arkansas Archives and Libraries.
Citing this Collection
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- "Arkansas, Marriage Index, 1933-1939." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing "Arkansas, Marriage Index." Ancestry.com. www.ancestry.com : 2005. Citing Arkansas Genealogical Society.
Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
| We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records. |
Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.