Archives Marriage Application
and Marriage License
1881-1931 Missouri public marriage records consist of
Parental Consent Affidavits
Research Warning: Parent Information Not Required in Missouri, Exception-
The Only Public Marriage Record Document with name of a parent of a Bride or Groom is a Parental Consent Affidavit for marriage of underage Applicant.
1881-1931 Marriage Applications include the following Bride and Groom information:
- Street Address
- Race was not a specific question on the Application. Marriage License Clerks, however, would mark the Application with a "C" for "Colored" when an Applicant appeared to the Clerk to be other than Caucasian and the Applicant's name also received a "C" next to it in the Bride or Groom Index.
1881-1931 Marriage Licenses include:
- Bride and Groom Names
- County of residence
- Whether Bride and Groom are of the age of majority and, if underage, name of parent or guardian who provided parental consent.
- Name, title (clergy title, judge, justice of the peace) and address of person who officiated at Marriage Ceremony, sometimes a church name.
Research Warning: The clergyperson's address is often not a church but, rather, the adjacent or nearby parsonage, rectory, vicarage, sometimes with a street name different from the church; or other home address of the clergyperson.
1881-1931 Parental Consent Affidavits include:
- Parent or Guardian Name and Signature,
Address not required
- Occasionally, a Parent or Guardian submitted a letter as to consent, which would include an address
- Occasionally, a third party would provide a statement or documentation regarding an Applicant being without a living parent