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''[[How to Find United States Marriage Records|How To Find U.S. Marriage Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[North Dakota|North Dakota]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''North Dakota Marriage Records'''
 
 
[[How to Find United States Marriage Records|How To Find U.S. Marriage Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] How To Find North Dakota Marriage Records  
 
  
 
== Finding North Dakota Marriage Records  ==
 
== Finding North Dakota Marriage Records  ==
  
*1805 Michigan laws required counties to record marriages
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*Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and begin at the creation of the county
*1 April 1867, the county clerk began to forward marriage records to the secretary of state
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*In North Dakota, state copies of marriage licenses are inaccessible
*An additional 1905 law resulted in greater statewide compliance
 
*North Dakota marriage records are not restricted and can be ordered by anyone during any time period
 
 
 
{{Tip|More marriage information is usually found on the '''marriage license application''' or the '''marriage register'''. Less information is found on the '''marriage certificate'''. }}
 
 
 
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== '''Next Step: When did the marriage occur? '''  ==
 
== '''Next Step: When did the marriage occur? '''  ==
  
 
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:*'''[[How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records#Marriages_Before_1820|Before 1820]]'''
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records#Marriages|Marriages (all years)]]''' </span>
:*'''[[How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records#Marriages_1820_to_1867|1805 to 1867]]'''
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Estimate United States Marriage Information|Marriage year unknown]]'''</span>
:*'''[[How to Find North Dakota  Marriage Records#Marriages_1868_to_1925|1867 to 1925]]'''
 
:*'''[[How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records#Marriages_1926_to_1935|1926 to 1935]]'''  
 
:*'''[[How to Find North Dakota Marriage Records#Marriages_1925_to_Present|1925 to Present]]'''
 
:*'''[[How to Estimate United States Marriage Information|Marriage year unknown]]'''
 
  
 
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== '''Marriages (all years)'''  ==
 
 
== '''Marriages Before 1820'''  ==
 
 
 
*Before 1805, no marriages were recorded by the county or state
 
*1805 to 1820 very few records exist
 
 
 
<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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| [[North Dakota Church Records|Church Records]]<br>
 
[[North Dakota Newspapers|Newspapers]]<br> [[North Dakota Military Records|Military Records]]<br> [[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]]
 
 
 
| [[North DakotaCensus|Census Records]]
 
[[North Dakota Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]<br> [[North Dakota Vital Records|Death Records]]<br> [[United States Bible Records|Bible Records]]
 
 
 
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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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== '''Marriages 1820 to 1867'''  ==
 
 
 
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| width="25%" | {{RecordSearch|-------|North Dakota, County Marriages, ---- - ----}}
 
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'''Free;''' name index with images online at FamilySearch.
 
 
 
'''Does not''' include the following counties:
 
 
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the online index?'''
 
| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''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.
 
 
 
[[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Other records with marriage information]]
 
 
 
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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.
 
 
 
::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county.
 
::*Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
 
::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
 
<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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== '''Marriages 1868 to 1925'''  ==
 
 
 
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| align="left" colspan="3" | '''North Dakota Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images'''
 
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| width="25%" | {{RecordSearch|-------|North Dakota Marriages, ---- - ----}}
 
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'''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.
 
 
 
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| {{RecordSearch|-------|North Dakota, County Marriages, ---- - ----}}
 
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'''Free;''' name index with images online at FamilySearch.
 
  
<br> '''Does not''' include the following counties:
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*There are currently no statewide online indexes to North Dakota marriages
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*Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and begin at the creation of the county
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*County marriage records have not been microfilmed
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*Marriage indexes for some counties are available online, see [[North Dakota Vital Records#Marriages_Records|North Dakota Vital Records]]
  
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==== '''Obtain the Record''' ====
 
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the online index?'''  
 
| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''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.
 
  
[[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Other records with marriage information]]
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'''PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage'''
  
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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].
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:*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.]]
  
'''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&nbsp;[http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.
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'''PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records'''
  
::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county.
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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].
::*Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
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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>  
::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
 
<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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== '''Marriages 1926 to 1935'''<br>  ==
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=== American Indian Agency Records ===
 
 
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| width="10%" | ''Try 1st:''
 
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| width="25%" | {{RecordSearch|------- |South Dakota, County Marriages, ---- - ----}}
 
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'''Free;''' most counties ---- - ----: Free name index with images online at FamilySearch.
 
 
 
'''Does not''' include the following counties:
 
 
 
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|  County Clerk
 
| If you do not find your ancestor in the marriage index you may order a marriage record. Contact the [http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_8723_11893_41510-143215--,00.html county clerk] where you think the marriage took place. It is usually less expensive to order a marriage record from the county clerk, so begin your search with the county clerk.
 
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|  North Dakota Department of Health
 
| If you do not find your ancestor in the marriage index you may order a marriage record.Contact the North Dakota Department of Public Health. If you are unsure about the marriage year, the ----- Department of Public Health charges $12 more for each year searched. It is usually less expensive to order a marriage record from the county clerk, so begin your search with the county clerk.
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the online index?'''
 
| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''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.
 
 
 
[[Substitute Records for United States Marriage Information|Other records with marriage information]]
 
 
 
|}
 
 
 
'''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&nbsp;[http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.
 
  
::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county.
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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}}
::*Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
 
::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
 
<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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== '''Marriages 1936 to Present'''  ==
 
 
Marriage licenses may be found in the county records where the marriage occurred.
 
 
'''STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information'''
 
 
:*Copies may be ordered from the [http://www.North Dakota.gov/html county clerk].
 
 
:*Copies may be ordered from the  North Dakota Department of Public Health.
 
 
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" |  From County where Marriage occurred
 
| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | From ND Dept. of Health State office
 
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| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''
 
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Cons'''
 
| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''
 
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| 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
 
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{{Tip|'''''When ordering North Dakota marriage records:'''''}}
 
 
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>
 
 
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:*[[United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]]  
 
:*[[U.S. Vital Records Overview|U.S. Vital Records Overview]]  
 
:*[[U.S. Vital Records Overview|U.S. Vital Records Overview]]  
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Revision as of 20:56, 30 July 2013

How To Find U.S. Marriage Records go to North Dakota Gotoarrow.png 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, state copies of marriage licenses are inaccessible

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

Marriage Records
Choose a time period:


Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages (all years)

  • 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
  • County marriage records have not been microfilmed
  • Marriage indexes for some counties are available online, see North Dakota Vital Records

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.
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