North Dakota, County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records

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North Dakota, County Marriages, 1872-1958
This article describes a collection of records at
North Dakota, 
United States
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Location of North Dakota
Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1882-1925
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
State Historical Society of North Dakota

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

This collection consists of a name index and images to county marriage records acquired from local courthouses in North Dakota from 1872-1958. A small portion of the records are in poor condition with fragments of the original document remaining and some names partially visible. Images in this collection appear in some county records chronologically and alphabetically in others.

This collection will eventually include all counties in North Dakota and is being published as images and records become available. As of 14 August 2018 the collection includes records from the counties of:

County Formed Start End
Adams 1907 1907 1925
Bottineau 1873 1887 1942
Bowman 1883 1907 1925
Burke 1910 1907 1929
Burleigh 1873 1873 1985
Cass 1873 1872 1944
Cavalier 1873 1887 1981
Dickey 1881 1886 1927
Eddy 1885 1889 1925
Grand Forks 1873 1875 1982
LaMoure 1873 1883 1925
McHenry 1873 1905 1924
McKenzie 1901 1908 1925
McLean 1883 1891 1928
Mountrail 1871 1909 1925
Nelson 1883 1883 1920
Pembina 1867 1872 1992
Ransom 1873 1882 1925
Richland 1873 1877 1925
Sargent 1883 1885 1925
Sioux 1815 1916 1925
Steele 1883 1887 1959

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:

  • Name of groom and bride
  • Maiden name of bride
  • Ages of groom and bride
  • Parents’ names

  • Date of marriage
  • Names of officiator and witnesses
  • Race of groom and bride
  • Marital status of groom and bride

Early marriages (before 1886) in North Dakota were not required to be registered but some were filed with the city clerk where the marriage occurred or where the bride or groom resided. A copy of a marriage certificate was presented to the married party if they requested one.

A federal law in 1887 required officiators to file marriage certificates in the county probate court. A state law in 1890 changed the place of filing to the county courts, implemented use of an Application for Marriage License, and requirement for the Judge of the County Court to keep a marriage record book. In later years, marriage licenses were issued and registered in the county clerk offices and sometimes in the office of the county treasurer.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. The list does not contain any description of the DGS folder's content. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at North Dakota, 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 your ancestor
  • The approximate date of marriage

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting 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]

To view images in this collection:
  1. Look at the North Dakota, County Marriages Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number 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
  • Use the information to find vital records such as birth, christening and death records
  • Use the information to find additional family members in census records
  • Search for land 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 in an area search
  • 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 North Dakota.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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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.

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