Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991
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|Flag of Missouri|
|Location of Missouri|
|Record Type||Marriage, naturalization, and court|
|Missouri State Archives|
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection consists of and 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.
To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
|You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991.|
Image Visibility[edit | edit source]
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records: The following information is often found in these records:
Wills and Probate
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Image[edit | edit source]
Coverage Table[edit | edit source]
This table lists the number of marriage records by county included in this collection as of 3 May 2021. Records where the exact county were not identified are listed at the end of the table as Missouri.
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The name of a relative or date of the event
|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.|
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the County
- Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1802-1969. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
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?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Search for the ship manifest
- Search for vital records, such as birth and death
- Search for the family in the census records
- Search for land, military, and probate records
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- 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
- 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
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Missouri.
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]
Related Digital Books[edit | edit source]
- prepared by the Missouri Historical Records Survey, Division of Community Service Programs, Work Projects Administration. Guide to public vital statistics records in Missouri. St. Louis, Missouri : Historical Records Survey, 1941
- compiled by Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry. Bible records of Missouri 8 volumes. (Typescript)
Known Issues[edit | edit source]
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.