Arkansas Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period

This index covers events from 1837 through 1944.

Record Description

This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the IGI along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.

There may be entries that cite a specific source such as the following:

  • "Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
  • "Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
  • A county or state vital record registration

These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:

  • They were submitted by private individuals to the LDS Church and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.
  • They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.

The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.

This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in marriage index entries may include:

  • Name of the bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws, not all records may be displayed.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1880-1893 Marriages, 1837-1944 Deaths and Burials, 1882-1929; 1945-1963
Arkansas 96 13,513 671
Arkansas (State) 7,173 49,135 3,481
Ashley 0 4,597 0
Baxter 0 1,280 0
Benton 0 29,050 0
Boone 0 3,903 0
Bradley 0 12,470 0
Calhoun 0 9,780 0
Carroll 100 2,780 0
Chicot 0 14,518 0
Clay 0 5,806 0
Cleburne 0 5,515 0
Cleveland 0 17,861 0
Columbia 0 13,601 0
Conway 0 18,047 0
Craighead 188 15,078 0
Crawford 0 12,309 0
Crittenden 0 6,428 0
Dallas 0 3,171 0
Desha 0 16,394 0
Drew 0 25,145 0
Faulkner 0 1,169 0
Franklin 0 11,921 10,024
Fulton 0 4,782 0
Garland 0 10,930 0
Grant 0 22,650 0
Greene 0 10,444 0
Hempstead 0 12,186 0
Hot Spring 0 27,709 0
Howard 0 6,537 0
Independence 0 12,330 0
Izard 0 51,711 0
Jackson 0 4,534 0
Jefferson 0 10,203 0
Johnson 0 24,082 0
Lafayette 174 12,806 0
Lawrence 0 10,601 0
Lee 0 3,815 320
Lincoln 100 17,319 0
Little River 0 3,316 0
Logan 258 6,785 0
Lonoke 0 21,221 0
Madison 0 40,523 0
Marion 0 4,390 0
Miller 0 1,274 0
Mississippi 0 1,231 0
Monroe 0 7,450 0
Montgomery 0 16,465 0
Nevada 161 869 0
Newton 0 31,201 0
Ouachita 0 158 0
Perry 0 9,526 0
Phillips 0 11,726 0
Pike 0 24,071 0
Poinsett 0 13,758 0
Polk 0 58,583 0
Pope 0 11,821 0
Prairie 0 8,484 0
Pulaski 0 1,231 0
Randolph 0 4,322 0
Saline 605 50,801 24,460
Scott 0 2,724 0
Searcy 0 10,446 0
Sebastian 2,596 14,758 0
Sevier 0 6,766 0
Sharp 0 15,048 0
St. Francis 0 11,352 0
Stone 0 29,489 0
Union 0 15,145 0
Van Buren 0 18,134 0
Washington 273 16,430 0
Total 11,724 1,005,608 38,956


How to Use the Record

Use this file to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the Family History Library Catalog.

Record History

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This index is an index of some marriages throughout Arkansas. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Why the Record Was Created

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing to accomplish its program of identifying the ancestry of mankind.

Record Reliability

Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of information available on those who were born, married, or died in Arkansas.

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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Genealogical Society of Utah. Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957. FHL Digital Index based on the International Genealogical Index. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Example of a Source Citation for a Record Found in This Collection

"Arkansas Marriages, 1837-1944," Index, FamilySearch [https://familysearch.org: accessed 3 March 2011), George Smith and Laura Owens, 17 Jul 1913; citing Marriage Records, FHL microfilm 1,004,497; Lafayette County Courthouse, Lewisville, Arkansas.