Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1837 to 1957.

There are three types of marriage records:

  • Marriage books are usually large, bound volumes, especially those with printed columns. Entries were made chronologically. Some volumes, especially those for earlier years, were written in paragraph format, often with two or three marriages on each page. When printed pages were introduced later, marriages were recorded in columns, allowing for many entries per page.
  • Marriage licenses may be in paragraph format or printed forms.
  • Marriage returns are usually in paragraph format.

For a list of film numbers currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

County officials, usually the county clerk, began keeping marriage records from the time the county was formed. When the person obtained a license, he went to a minister or other person authorized to perform marriages, such as the justice of the peace. That person sent a return to the county clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred. Most marriages that took place in a county were recorded by civil authorities.

Marriage records validate a wife’s legal claim to property.

The date and place of marriage and the name of the officiator are very reliable. Other information depends upon the knowledge and reliability of the informants (usually the bride and groom). Only a few deliberately provided false information.

Coverage Table - Excluded Records

Excluded Arkansas Marriages
(Last Updated 8 November 2012)
County Original Courthouse
Volumes
FHL
Microfilm
Arkansas
Index to marriages, Grooms A-Z, 1839-1942
976435
Arkansas
Index to marriages, Brides A-Z, 1839-1942
976436
Arkansas
Marriage records, B-C 1839-1875; Marriage records, Afro-Amer, V. D 1867-1874; Marriage records, V. E, 1876-1882
976437
Arkansas
Marriage records, V. B1 1947; Marriage records, V. C1 So.District 1947-1952
2047629
Bradley
General Index to marriages, 1856-1942
982767
Bradley
Index to Marriage Records, 1942-1992
1994549
Carroll
Marriage rec., V. A-B, 1883-1900
1035347, items 2-3
Carroll
Marriage rec., V. K, 1950-1951
2026789 item 1
Carroll
Marriage record, v. Q-R, 1948-1951
2026664
Clark
Male and Female indexes 1821-1975
1009942
Clark
Marriage Records, C-e, 1845-1871
1009944
Clark
Abbott, George W. to Brownlee, Neel, 1818-1970
2168917
Cleburne
Marr. Printout, In vol. [book] & pag. # 1883-1940 order, v. 1-13 (no alpha sort)
2048234 item 3
Cleveland
Index to marriage records, 1873-1962
982751
Columbia
Marriage Index, A-Q 1853-1940
988806
Columbia
Marriage index A-T 1853-1988
1987623
Craighead
Marriage record index, A-G, 1878-1978
1293958
Craighead
Marriage record, v. 12 (another copy)
2155720 item 3
Cross
Index of grooms, 1942-2000
2230792 item 2
Cross
Marriage record, V.G1, 11 Aug.-20 Sept 1952
2230792 item 1
Garland
Index, surname, A-Smith 1874-1943
1011914
Garland
Index, surname, Smith-Z, A-Z 1874-1943
1011915
Garland
Index, surname A-Z 1943-1962
1011916
Greene
Index to marriages 1867-1999
1301912
Greene
Marriage index, grooms, v. 1 1876-1999
2148832 item 1
Greene
Marriage index, grooms, v. 2 1876-1999
2148832 item 2
Greene
Marriage index, grooms, v. 3 1876-1999
2148832 item 3
Greene
Marriage index, grooms, v. 3 1876-1999
2148833 item 1
Greene
Marriage index, brides, v. 1 1876-1999
2148833 item 2
Greene
Marriage index, brides, v. 2 1876-1999
2148833 item 3
Hot Spring
Indexes to marriage records, 1825-1881
1011247
Hot Spring
Index to marriage records, 1825-1998
2159314
Jackson
Marriages, 1846-1884
1290121
Jefferson
Index to marriages, indexed by groom only ,v. A-B, 1830-1927
983663
Jefferson
Index to marriage license, V. C 1927-1950
2397957 item 2
Lawrence
Index to marriage records, male v. 1-2, A-Z, 1814-1999
2195595 items 1-2
Lawrence
Index to marriage records, female, v. 1, A-L, 1814-1999
2195595 item 3
Lawrence
Index to marriage records, female v. 1 A-L, cont. 1814-1999
2195596 Item 1
Lawrence
Index to marriage records, female v. 2, M-Z, 1814-1999
2195596 item 2
Lee
Marriages, v. L, 1923-1927
2417348 item 1
Lee
Marriages, v. M, 1927-1931
2417348 item 2
Lee
Marriages, v. N, 1931-1927
2417348 item 3
Lee
Marriages, v. N, 1931-1937
2417349 item 1
Lee
Marriages, v. O 1941-1944
2417349 item 2
Lee
Marriages, v. P, 1941-1944
2417349 item 3
Lee
Marriages, v. Q, 1941-1948
2417349 item 4
Lee
Marriages, v. Q, 1941-1948
2417350 item 1
Lee
Marriages, v. R, 1948-1954
2417350 item 2
Lincoln
Index to males, 1871-1942
978939
Lincoln
Index to females, 1871-1942
978940
Lincoln
Male[only]index (to Key, RR, 1942-1995
1994781
Lincoln
Male[only] index (cont) 1942-1995
1994782
Little River
Marriage index of grooms, 1880-1976
1007910
Little River
Marriage index to brides, 1880-1976
1007911
Lonoke
Chancery Court records, V. D-E 1890-1898; Chancery Court records V. F 1898-1901
1976254
Lonoke
Chancery Court records, V.F 1901-1903; Chancery Court records V. G-H, 1904-1911
1976255
Lonoke
Chancery Court records, V. I-J 1911-1923; Chancery Court records, V. K, 1923-1924
1976256
Lonoke
Chancery Court records, v. K 1924-1926; Chancery Court records, V. L-M 1930-1934
1976257
Lonoke
Chancery Court Records, v. N-P, 1934-1951
1976258
Miller
Index to marriages, v. A-B, F, 1875-1931, 1964-1978
1977399
Miller
Index to marriages, 1875-1931
1005445
Miller
Index to marriages, v. G-H, 1979-1993
1977400
Miller
Index to marriages 1931-1941
1005446
Miller
Marriages, v. O-P, 1907-1910
1005454
Mississippi
Marriages, v.24, 1921-1922
2418663 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 25 1922-1923
2418663 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 26, 1923-1925
2418663 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 26, 1923-1925
2418664 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 27, 1924-1926
2418664 Item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 28, 1926-1927
2418664 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 28, 1926-1927
2418665 item1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 29, 1927-1928
2418665 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 30, 1928-1929
2418665 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v.31, 1929-1930
2418665 item 4
Mississippi
Marriages, v.31, 1929-1930
2418666 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v.32, 1930-1931
2418666 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 33, 1931-1933
2418666 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v.33, 1931-1933
2418667 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 34, 1933-1934
2418667 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 35, 1934
2418667 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 35, 1934
2418668 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 36, 1934-1935
2418668 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 37, 1935-1936
2418668 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v.38, 1936-1937
2418668 item 4
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 38, 1936-1937
2418669 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 39, 1937
2418669 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 40, 1938-1939
2418669 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 40, 1938-1939
2418670 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 41, 1939-1940
2418670 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 42, 1940-1942
2418670 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 42, 1940-1942
2418671 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 43, 1941
2418671 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 44, 1941-1942
2418671 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 44-47, 1941-1944
2418716
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 47, 1944
2418776 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 48, 1944
2418776 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 49, 1944-1945
2418776 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 49, 1944-1945
2418733 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 50, 1945-1946
2418733 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 51, 1946
2418733 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 51, 1946
2418734 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 52, 1946-1947
2418734 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 53, 1947
2418734 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 54, 1947-1948
2418734 item 4
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 54, 1947-1948
2418735 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 55, 1948
2418735 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 56, 1948-1949
2418735 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 56, 1948-1949
2418736 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 57, 1949
2418736 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. 58, 1949-1950
2418736 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, 58, 1949-1950
2418737 item 1
Mississippi
Index to Marriages, female, 1900-1942
1302507 item 1
Mississippi
Index to Marriages, male, 1900-1942
1302506 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. L, 1921-1923
2417431 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. M, 9 Jan. -11 Apr. 1923
2417431 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. M, 11 Apr. -11 Sep. 1923
2417477 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. N, 1923-1924
2417477 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. O, 1 May 1024-1 Jan. 1925
2417477 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. O, 1-10 Jan. 1925
2417478 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. P, 1925
2417478 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. Q, 1925-1926
2417478 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. R, 16 Aug.-15 Nov. 1926
2417478 item 4
Mississippi
Marriages, v. R, 23 Nov. 1926-15 May 1927
2417479 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. S, 1927-1928
2417479 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. T, 5 Apr.-30 Nov 1928
2417479 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. T, 30 Nov. 1928-3 Jan. 1929
2417480 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. U, 1929-1930
2417480 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. V, 1929-1930
2417480 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. W, 19 May-15 Aug. 1930
2417480 item 4
Mississippi
Marriages, v. W, 14 Jul. 1930-6 Jul. 1931
2417481 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. X, 1931-1932
2417481 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. Y, 29 Aug. 1932-20 Mar. 1933
2417481 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. Y, 20 Mar.-20 Sep. 1933
2417482 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. Z, 1933-1934
2417482 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. AA, 1934-1935
2417482 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. BB, 1935-1936
2417546 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. CC, 6 Jul. 1937-4 Apr. 1938
2417546 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. CC, 5 apr.-16 Jun. 1938
2417547 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. DD, 1936-1937
2417547 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. EE, 1938-1939
2417547 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. FF, 5-14 Jul. 1939
2417547 item 4
Mississippi
Marriages, v. FF, 5 Jul. 1939-22 Jul. 1940
2417548 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. GG, 1940-1941
2417548 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. HH, 1 Jul.-24 Sep. 1941
2417548 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. HH, 29 Aug. 1941-3 Jun. 1942
2417549 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. II, 1942
2417549 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. JJ, 28-30 Nov. 1942
2417549 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v, JJ, 30 Nov. 1942-24 Jul. 1943
2417550 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. KK, 13 Jul.-26 Oct. 1943
2417550 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. KK, 11 Oct. 1943-4 Feb. 1944
2417551 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. LL, 4 Feb. -24 Apr. 1944
2417551 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. LL, 24 Apr.-25 May 1944
2417552 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. MM, 3 Jun-28 Jul. 1944
2417552 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. MM, 28 Jul.-5 Sep. 1944
2418625 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. NN, 8 Sep.-6 Dec. 1944
2418625 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. OO, 2 Dec. 1944-7 Apr. 1945
2418626 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. PP, 29 Mar.-26 Jul. 1945
2418626 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. PP, 24 Jul-21 Sep. 1945
2418627 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. QQ, 21 Sep. 1945-21 Feb. 1946
2418627 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. RR, 23 Feb.-29 Mar. 1946
2418627 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages, v. RR, 2 Apr.-23 Sep. 1946; 6 Jun. 1951
2418628 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. SS, 21 Sep. 1946-23 Jan. 1947
2418628 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. SS, 23 Jan.-1 May 1947
2418629 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. TT, 2 May-16 Dec. 1947
2418629 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. TT, 16 Dec. 1947-13 Jan. 1948
2418630 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. UU, 8 Jan.-1 Dec. 1948
2418630 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. VV, 27 Nov. 1948-7 Jan. 1949
2418630 item 3
Mississippi
Marriages,, v. VV, 7 Dec. 1948-21 Nov. 1949
2418631 item 1
Mississippi
Marriages, v. WW, 28 Nov. 1949-22 Jun 1950
2418631 item 2
Mississippi
Marriages, v. WW, 17 Jun. 1950-5 Jan. 1951
2418632 item 1
Phillips
Index, 1869-1942
1017676
Phillips
Marriages, O-1, 1921-1922
2416314 item 1
Phillips
Marriages, P-1, 1922-1923
2416314 item 2
Phillips
Marriages, Q-1, 1922-1923
2416314 item 3
Phillips
Marriages, Q-1, 1922-1923
2416315 item 1
Phillips
Marriages, R-1, 1923-1924
2416315 item 2
Phillips
Marriages, S-1, 1924-1925
2416315 item 3
Phillips
Marriages, T-1, 1925
2416315 item 4
Phillips
Marriages, T-1, 1925
2416316 item 1
Phillips
Marriages, U-1, 1925-1926
2416316 item 2
Phillips
Marriages, V-1, 1926-1927
2416316 item 3
Phillips
Marriages,V-1, 1926-1927
2416364 item 1
Phillips
Marriages,W-1, 1927-1928
2416364 item 2
Phillips
Marriages,X-1, 1928-1929
2416364 item 3
Phillips
Marriages,Y-1, 1929
2416364 item 4
Phillips
Marriages,Y-1, 1929
2416365 item 1
Phillips
Marriages,Z-1, 1929-1930
2416365 item 2
Phillips
Marriages,A-2, 1930-1931
2416365 item 3
Phillips
Marriages,B-2, 1931-1932
2416365 item 4
Phillips
Marriages,B-2, 1931-1932
2416366 item 1
Phillips
Marriages,C-2, 1932-1933
2416366 item 2
Phillips
Marriages,D-2, 1933-1934
2416366 item 3
Phillips
Marriages,E-2, 1934-1935
2416366 item 4
Phillips
Marriages,E-2, 1934-1935
2416367 item 1
Phillips
Marriages,F-2, 1935-1936
2416367 item 2
Phillips
Marriages,G-2, 1936-1937
2416367 item 3
Phillips
Marriages,H-2, 1937
2416367 item 4
Phillips
Marriages,H-2, 1937
2416368 item 1
Phillips
Marriages,I-2, 1937-1938
2416368 item 2
Phillips
Marriages,J-2, 1938-1939
2416368 item 3
Phillips
Marriages,J-2, 1938-1939
2416369 item 1
Phillips
Marriages,K-2, 1939-1940
2416369 item 2
Phillips
Marriages,L-2, 1940
2416369 item 3
Phillips
Marriages,M-2, 1940-194
2416369 item 4
Phillips
Marriages,M-2, 1940-1941
2416370 item 1
Phillips
Marriages,N-2, 1942
2416370 item 2
Phillips
Marriages,O-2, 1942-1943
2416370 item 3
Phillips
Marriages,P-2, 1942-1943
2416370 item 4
Phillips
Marriages,P-2, 1942-1943
2416371 item 1
Phillips
Marriages,Q-2, 1943-1944
2416371 item 2
Phillips
Marriages,R-2, 1944
2416371 item 3
Phillips
Marriages,S-2, 1944-1945
2416371 item 4
Phillips
Marriages,S-2, 1944-1945
2416372 item 1
Phillips
Marriages,T-2, 1945-1946
2416372 item 2
Phillips
Marriages,U-2, 1946
2416372 item 3
Phillips
Marriages,V-2, 1946-1947
2416384 item 1
Phillips
Marriages,W-2, 1947-1948
2416384 item 2
Phillips
Marriages,X-2, 1948
2416384 item 3
Phillips
Marriages,X-2, 1948
2416385 item 1
Phillips
Marriages,Y-2, 1948-1949
2416385 item 2
Phillips
Marriages,Z-2, 1949-1950
2416385 item 3
Phillips
Marriages,A-3, 1950-1951
2416385 item 4
Phillips
Marriages,A-3, 1950-1951
2416386
Pope
Index to marriage, 1830-1881; index to marriage, V. A, 1830-1964; Index to Marriages, Vol. B 1964-1978
1034011
Pulaski
Index to marriages, B-W, 1901-1921
1302793
Pulaski
Index to marriages, W-Z, 1901-1921
1302794
Pulaski
Index to marriages, A-N, 1921-1941
Pulaski
Index to marriages, D-M, 1941-1971
1302796
Pulaski
Master index, 1838-1901
560135
Pulaski
Marriage records, vols. B1-B2, 1838-1868
560136
Pulaski
Marriage records, vols. B3-B4, 1866-1875
560137
Pulaski
Marriage records, vols. 1-2, 1875-1878
560138
Pulaski
Marriage records, vols. 3-4, 1878-1880
560139
Pulaski
Marriage records, vols., 5-6, 1880-1882
560140
Pulaski
Marriage records, vols. 7-8, 1882-1884
560141
Pulaski
Marriage records, vols. 9-10, 1884-1886
560142
Pulaski
Marriage records, vols. 11-12, 1886-1888
560143
Pulaski
Marriage records, vols. 13-14, 1888-1890
560144
Pulaski
Marriage records, vols. 15-16, 1890-1891
560145
Pulaski
Marriage records, vols. 17-18
560146
Pulaski
Marriage records, vols. 19-20
560147
Pulaski
Marriage Records, vols. 21-22 1895-1896
560148
Pulaski
Marriage Records, vols., 23-24 1896-1898
560149
Pulaski
Marriage Records, vols.25-26, 1898-1899
560150
Pulaski
Marriage Records, vols. 27-28 1899-1901
560151
Pulaski
Master index, 1901-1921
495022
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 29-30, 1901-1902
495023
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 31-32, 1902-1903
495024
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 33-34, 1903-1904
495025
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 35-36, 1904-1905
495026
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 37-38, 1905-1906
495027
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 39-40, 1906-1907
495028
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 41-42, 1907-1908
495029
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 43-44, 1908-1909
495030
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 45-46, 1909
495031
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 47-48, 1909-1910
495032
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 49-50, 1911
495033
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 51-52, 1911-1912
495034
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 53-54, 1912-1913
495035
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 55-56, 1913
495036
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 57-58, 1914
495037
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 59-60, 1914-1915
495038
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 61-62, 1915-1916
495039
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 63-64, 1916
495040
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 65-66, 1917
495041
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 67-68, 1917-1918
495042
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 69-70, 1918
495043
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 71-72, 1918
495044
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 73-74, 1919
495045
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 75-76, 1919
495046
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 77-78, 1920
495047
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 79-80, 1920
495048
Pulaski
Marriage Record, 81, 1920-1921
495049
Randolph
Marriage index, (groom) v. 1-2 (A-Z) 1835-1999
2200349 items 1-2
Randolph
Marriage index, (bride) v. 1 (A-Knotts) 1835-1999
2200349 item 3
Randolph
Marriage index (bride) v. 2 (Knowles-Z) 1835-1999
2200499
Sebastian
General Index to marriage licenses, 1865-1941 (Fort Smith District)
1034041
Sebastian
General Index to marriage licenses, 1941-1950 (Fort Smith District)
1034042 item 1
Sebastian
General index to marriage licenses, 1950-1967 (Fort Smith District)
1034041 item 2
Sebastian
Marriage Record, A-C 1865-1889, 1904 (Fort Smith Distict)
1034042 items 2-4
Sebastian
Marriage Record, v. Q-r 1919-1921, 1952 (Fort Smith District)
1034050 items 1-2
Sebastian
Marriage Record, V. S, Sept 1921-June 1922 (Fort Smith District)
2133587 item 3
Sebastian
Marriage Record,[unlabeled vols.], V. D, (Greenwood District)
1034073
Sebastian
Marriage Record, v. G, 1922 (Greenwood District)
1034077 item 1
Sebastian
Marriage Records, vols. M-N, Jun 1949-Dec 1955 (Greenwood District)
2134421 Items 1-2
St. Francis
Index to grooms
2404069
Union
Marriage Index, grooms 1829-1994 Marriage Index, brides A-LA 1829-1994
1993094
Union
Marriage index, brides, L-Z 1829-1994
1993095
Washington
Marriage record indexes 1911-1922
1034909 items 1-2
Washington
Colored marriage record 1868-1876
1034247 item 6
Washington
Marriage record, V. A 1845-1856
1034247 item 7
Washington
Marriage record, V. B-C 1856-1872
1034248 items 4-5
Washington
Marriage record, V. D-F 1872-1880
1034249
Washington
Marriage record, V. F-H1880-1887
1034250
Washington
Marriage Records, D1, 1949-1951
2020349 item 1
Washington
Marriage affidavits and licenses 1906-1907
1034258 item 1
Washington
Ministers’ credentials v. a 1887-1926
1034258 Item 2
White
Index to marriage records, V. A-B 1836-1887
1024565
White
Marriage License Index, 1860-1997
2421475 item 1
White
Marriage records, v. B-D 1859-1879
1024566
White
Marriage license records, V. P. Hoden & M W Bishop, 1872-R. L. Browning & E. B. Ellis, 1882
2421475 item 2
White
Marriage license records
2421529
White
Marriage license records
2421554
White
Marriage license records
2421555
White
Marriage license records
2421612
White
Marriage license records
2421613
Woodruff
Male Index 1864-1969
1019384
Woodruff
Female Index 1864-1969
1019385
Woodruff
Marriages, V. A-B 1864-1883
1019386
Yell
Direct Marriage Index, 1841-1849, 1863-1942
1026817
Yell
Marriage records, v. F (v. 2)-G 1887-1900
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Marriage records, V. H-I
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Marriage records, v. J 1916-1925
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Yell
Marriage records, v. K-I 1925-1926
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Yell
Marriage records, v. L-M 1936-1961
2069590 items 1-2

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Arkansas, County Marriages 1837-1957." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.

Record Content

While earlier records usually less complete, genealogical facts found in marriage records include:

  • Names of the groom, bride, and officiator. The bride’s surname at the time of marriage is her maiden name, unless she was previously married. Records may include names of parents or guardians, especially in later records. Names of witnesses are also often given.
  • Date of the marriage or license
  • Birth dates and places of the bride and groom (in later records)
  • Residences of the bride and groom
  • Occupation of the groom (frequently)
  • Name of the officiator, either a Minister (MG) or a Justice of the Peace (JP)


How to Use the Records

To search this collection using the index:

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your 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.

Be aware there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

Be sure and view the image. You may be able to find additional information on the actual record.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  • The county where the marriage occurred
  • The name of the person at the time of marriage
  • The approximate marriage date
  • The marriage place
  • The name of the intended spouse

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 birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • 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.

Keep in mind:

  • 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.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

To search the collection image by image, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate  "Film Number (Digital Folder Number)" which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one 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.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).


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