Arkansas Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Arkansas Marriages, 1837-1944
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Arkansas, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1837-1944
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What is in This Collection?

This is an electronic index of marriages for the years 1837 to 1944. The index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Marriage records may contain:

  • The name of the bride and groom
  • Marriage date and place
  • Birthplaces
  • Birth years
  • Ages
  • Names of parents

Collection Content

Sample Record

Amelia Smith mentioned in the record of Floyd Weeks and Amelia Smith
Name Floyd Weeks
Birth Date 1901
Birthplace Of Banks, Bradley, Arkansas
Age 18
Spouse's Name Amelia Smith
Spouse's Birth Date 1901
Spouse's Birthplace of New Edinburg, Cleveland, Arkansas
Spouse's Age 18
Event Date 03 Jul 1919
Event Place Bradley Co, Arkansas
Father's Name W W Weeks
Mother's Name Brenna Weeks
Spouse's Marital Status Single

Coverage Table and Map

A coverage table for this collection is available in the Wiki article Arkansas Marriages, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records).
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Arkansas marriages, click here.

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of marriage
  • The place where the marriage occurred
  • The name of the intended spouse

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Look at an image of the original record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, death, or census records
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname, unless the surname is a common surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records
  • Witnesses or bondsmen listed on the marriage were usually relatives

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Try viewing any original indexes 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
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames, middles name, or an abbreviation of their given name

Record Finder

Consult the Arkansas Record Finder to search other records

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Arkansas Marriages, 1837-1944." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 28 September 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.
Record Citation:
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