Arkansas Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Arkansas Marriages, 1837-1944
This article describes a collection of records at
Arkansas, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1837-1944
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City

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 or Vital Records Index collections.

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?

  • 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 the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other vital records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records
  • Use the information to find additional family members in census records
  • Search for other family members in the marriage records

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

  • 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
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. 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
  • Consult the Arkansas Record Finder to find 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. : 28 September 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation:
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