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Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Missouri, 
United States
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Location of Missouri
Record Description
Record Type Marriage, naturalization, and court
Collection years 1800-1991
FamilySearch Resources
Archive
Missouri State Archives


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection consists of and index and digital images of microfilmed marriage records from Missouri counties including recorded marriages, marriage applications, licenses, and certificates. This collection includes records from the microfilm collections of FamilySearch and of the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, Missouri. This project is being published as images and index data become available. It covers the years 1800 to 1991.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991.

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 following information is often found in these records:

Marriage

  • Names of bride and groom
  • Residence
  • Marriage place
  • License date
  • Marriage date
  • Certificate date
  • Filing date
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of officiator

Court

  • Event date and location
  • Names of defendants and plaintiffs
  • Place of event
  • Details of event
  • Names of justices of the peace appointed
  • Names of witnesses

Wills and Probate

  • Name of deceased
  • Place
  • Estate holding of the deceased
  • Names and relationships of heirs
  • Names of witnesses
  • Date of will
  • Date of probate
  • Sometimes death date

Naturalization

  • Name of petitioner
  • Place of petition or naturalization
  • Occupation
  • Date and arrival to the United States
  • Birth date and place
  • Physical description
  • Names, birthdates, and birth places of wife and children

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

This table lists the number of marriage records by county included in this collection as of 3 May 2021. Records where the exact county were not identified are listed at the end of the table as Missouri.

County Records
Adair 11,123
Andrew 12,149
Atchison 1
Audrain 10,145
Barry 11,865
Barton 6,923
Bates 25,777
Benton 14,211
Bollinger 14,823
Boone 18,570
Buchanan 63,797
Butler 50,987
Caldwell 26,281
Callaway 13,345
Camden 4,898
Cape Girardeau 150,328
Carroll 79,925
Carter 2,630
Cass 108,143
Cedar 32,369
Chariton 6,673
Christian 19,792
Clark 8,707
Clay 46,691
Clinton 40,824
Cole 32,709
Cooper 14,219
Crawford 10,487
Dade 16,249
Dallas 11,847
Daviess 53,140
DeKalb 13,354
Dent 0
Douglas 0
Dunklin 30,827
Franklin 0
Gasconade 1,928
Gentry 9,347
Greene 0
Grundy 8,493
Harrison 0
Henry 2,196
Hickory 2,940
Holt 6,458
Howard 9,726
Howell 26,659
Iron 1,427
Jackson 592,751
Jasper 60,359
Jefferson 189,092
Johnson 0
Knox 13,316
Laclede 59,398
Lafayette 80
Lawrence 5,074
Lewis 15,185
Lincoln 13,869
Linn 21,301
Livingston 20,799
Macon 20,430
Madison 9,634
Maries 4,185
Marion 2,830
McDonald 7,240
Mercer 0
Miller 4,942
Mississippi 14,083
Moniteau 0
Monroe 15,077
Montgomery 7,682
Morgan 34,348
New Madrid 15,014
Newton 5,869
Nodaway 40,894
Oregon 0
Osage 8,183
Ozark 0
Pemiscot 49,860
Perry 30,190
Pettis 26,515
Phelps 34,405
Pike 16,618
Platte 7,514
Polk 61,295
Pulaski 0
Putnam 3,294
Ralls 20,644
Randolph 52,270
Ray 41,509
Reynolds 3,326
Ripley 4,434
Saline 1,343
Schuyler 61,403
Scotland 15,898
Scott 123,003
Shannon 0
Shelby 11,313
St. Charles 20,255
St. Clair 0
St. Francois 1
St. Louis 182,128
St. Louis 182,128
Ste. Genevieve 12,624
Stoddard 48,022
Stone 0
Sullivan 10,178
Taney 12,558
Texas 0
Vernon 13,425
Warren 13,447
Washington 28,333
Wayne 5,158
Webster 12,784
Worth 18,156
Wright 0
Missouri 8,790

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative or date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume to view the 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]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Search for the ship manifest
  • Search for vital records, such as birth and death
  • Search for the family in the census records
  • Search for land, military, and probate records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. 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

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Missouri.

Known Issues[edit | edit source]

Click here for a list of known issues with this collection.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.