• St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Marriages, 1806-1965 (Registers) Online - Fam

    From Michael Mcteer mcteer@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Wed Sep 18 13:50:54 2019
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    Have not seen this posted. Good news/bad news, FamlySearch does have St.
    Louis, Missouri marriage indexes and license registers online. Bad news
    is that they are not searchable. (They have a number of microfilm
    collections on line that are awaiting indexing.)

    It does involve a rather laborious two step process. Collection is
    divided into separate male/female indexes and license registers. In some indexes only bride or groom are included. Some indexes are further
    divided by two-year ranges. So one index may cover six years, but one
    has to check three times within that index for a hit (of course does not include surname spelling variants). The goal is to acquire the year and
    license number.

    Once a possible record (year/license number) is found, then one must
    open another collection for the year/license number to locate the
    correct registration entry/page. Remember this is just the registry and
    not the actual document. Unless the subject was a 'minor', there is no
    parental data.  If a 'minor' (depending on time, that could be up to age
    21), the person/relationship giving permission is included. For brides,
    "Miss" and "Mrs" are used to denote martial status. For previously
    married women, maiden name is *not* included. (So if you are searching for
    a previously married female relative, then you have to search her
    married surname and not maiden name in the indexes.) Information
    includes, names of bride and groom, date license issued and return from
    clergy performing ceremony.

    Having a ton of St. Louis relatives, this collection has been very
    useful for me in finding surnames of wives or first names of husbands or otherwise aiding in confirming relationships or providing leads to
    further search.

    If anyone knows of a quicker process, I certainly would like to know. I
    have spent *hours* (probably days) searching through the collection.

    If previously noted, I apologize for repeat.

    Michael McTeer, mcteer@gmail.com

    Marriage records of St. Louis and St. Louis Co., 1806-1965 https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/178298?availability=Family20History20Library

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