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Archives Marriage Application
Marriage License
Public Information

1881-1931 Missouri public marriage records consist of

  • Marriage Applications

  • Marriage Licenses

  • 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:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Street Address
  • Signature
  • 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