How to Find Arizona Marriage Records
Finding Arizona Marriage Records
- 1864 Arizona territorial law required county recorders to keep marriage records.
- From 1891 to 1912 clerks of the probate court issued marriage licneses.
- Marriage records are maintained by the Clerks of the Superior Court in the county where the event occurred. They are not available from the Office of Vital Records.
|More marriage information is usually found on the marriage license application or the marriage register. Less information is found on the marriage certificate.|
Next Step: When did the marriage occur?
Marriages Before 1864
- Before 1864, no marriages were recorded by the county or territory
If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for marriage information in other records.
|1. Look first in||2. Then search|
| Church Records
Marriages 1864 to Present
|Arizona Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images|
|Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:|
||Arizona Marriage Collection 1864-1982 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries||Free; at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center|
||Arizona Marriage Collection 1864-1982 - use your own Ancestry subscription||($); To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library|
|Arizona Marriage Database - Includes Index Only|
|Arizona Marriages, 1888-1908||Free; name index online at FamilySearch.|
|Western States Marriage Index||
Free; Free name index with extracted information usually containing name of bride and groom, marriage date and place, residence of bride and groom.
|Can't find your ancestor in the online index?||Tips for searching online indexes|
|No marriage record for your ancestor?||
Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive. When an Arizona couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places such as Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, or Yuma, Yuma, Arizona.
Order the License or Certificate
If you have been able to locate your ancestor in a marriage index you can order the certificate or license from the Clerk of the Superior Court of the county in which the marriage took place.
- First: Click on the county link
- Next: Click on the Clerk of the Superior Court link
- Then: Click the marriage license or certificate link
|When ordering Arizona marriage records:|
Ask for the marriage license or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. The license or register usually contains more information.
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