Arkansas Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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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 Marriage Index
Collection years 1837-1944
FamilySearch Resources
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Archive
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 usually contain the following:

  • Name
  • Birth year
  • Age
  • Spouse
  • Spouse's birth year and age
  • Marriage date and place

Some records may also include:

  • Names of parents
  • Birthplace
  • Marital status

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

Collection Content

Coverage Table and Map

For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Marriages Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).

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?

To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:

  • 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.

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.
  • In case you need to find this record again later, copy the citation below in the Citing This Collection section. It's always a good idea to keep your citation on a Research Log. This is an important tool to help keep track of what you have and have not found. Family search wiki has a Example Research Log that you can download and use.
  • Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed.

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

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members. Witnesses or bondsmen were usually relatives.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • 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 in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. 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. Try searching for these names.
  • Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.
  • Search the indexes and records of Arkansas, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Arkansas Archives and Libraries.

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 : accessed 2017. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.

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