Arkansas, County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957
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|County Courthouses, Arkansas|
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection consists of an index and images to marriages recorded in counties of Arkansas for the years 1837 to 1957. 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. There may be related records included with marriage records. Once an image of a marriage record is located, browse through preceding and following images to check for related records. This project was indexed in partnership with the Arkansas Genealogical Society. 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
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.
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 names of the groom, bride, and officiator
- The date of the marriage or license
- Birth dates and places of the bride and groom (in later records)
- Residences of the bride and groom
- Name of the officiator, either a Minister (MG) or a Justice of the Peace (JP)
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
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Coverage Table[edit | edit source]
A coverage table for this collection is available at Arkansas County Marriages, Coverage Table - FamilySearch Historical Records.
Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]
This collection contains a digital browse. Only the DGS numbers are displayed. A list of the contents of each folder can be found at Arkansas County Marriages Digital Folder Number List.
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the bride or groom
- The location and approximate date of the marriage
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]To view images in this collection:
- Look at the County Marriages Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
- Go to the Browse Page
- Select the Film number to view the images
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957. 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]
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
I Found the Person I was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Search for other vital records, such as birth and death
- Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
- Search for military, land, or probate records
- If applicable, search for immigration and naturalization records
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality
- Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of California.
- United States, How to Use Marriage Records
- Arkansas Guided Research
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research: 1880-Present
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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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