Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Missouri, United States
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Location of Missouri
Record Description
Record Type Marriage Records
Collection years 1800-1991
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What is in the Collection?

This collection consists of Index and digital images of microfilmed marriage records from Missouri counties including recorded marriages, marriage applications, licenses, and certificates. This collection includes records from the microfilm collections of FamilySearch and of the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, Missouri. This project is being published as images and index data become available. It covers the years 1800 to 1991.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991.

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Missouri county marriages, click here.

Collection Content

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Information found in this collection may include:

  • Names of bride and groom
  • Residence
  • Marriage place
  • License date
  • Marriage date
  • Certificate date
  • Filing date
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of officiator

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The name of the bride and groom
  • The approximate marriage date
  • The marriage place
  • Name of officiator

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse link" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "County"
⇒Select the appropriate "Marriage Record, Date Range and Volume" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

With either search keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence to locate church and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Check for an different index. There are often indexes at the beginning or end of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Known Issues with This Collection

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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.

Collection Citation:

"Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Recorder of Deeds. Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991.

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