Early Lafayette County Marriage Books
Some of the early Lafayette County, MO marriage books were transcribed
by the Lexington Chapter of the DAR. These books cover a period between
1866 and 1900. The following links can be used to download PDF files
containing these transcriptions. To make the size of the files more
manageable, they are split into three different files with a fourth
file containing all of them. Use the links below to download the period
The files were converted to a searchable PDF format so that one can
search for a given name using the search facilities in the PDF reader.
(Keep in mind that there may be variations in the spelling of
names in the original records.)
The listings generally contain only the names of the groom and bride,
the date of the marriage, and the presiding official. (Occasionally
they may include some additional information, such as witnesses or
children.) Because they include marriages performed by a justice of the
peace, the listings are useful for finding marriages not recorded in
Book D - 1850 to 1858 (106 Kb):
Books E and F - 1866 to 1880 (4.7 Mb):
Books G, H, 1, and 2 – 1872 to 1888 (4.5 Mb):
Books 3, 4, 5, and 6 – Oct 1888 to Jan 1901 (5.9 Mb):
Previous ten books, 1866-1901 (15.1 Mb):
(Note that there are some overlapping dates in parts 1 and 2.)
Another source of Lafayette
marriages between 1821 and
1969 can be found in the Missouri State Archives.
Microfilm scans of these records (which must be browsed
page by page) are posted online at
website: Missouri, County Marriage Records,
Unfortunately, this collection is
incomplete and somewhat
disorganized. However, it includes images
of most of the
early marriage records and marriage licenses through 1969. The marriage licenses
usually include the
date of the marriage ceremony added by the presiding official.
The following large file (16 Mb) is a
searchable compilation of the
indexes, through 1946, found on that website.
Note that the period between 1870 and 1882 was not indexed. (You can use the marriage books in the
previous section above to search those dates.) Some
of 1903 is missing as
well as all of the
records for 1929 and most of 1930 (for which the original records
have been lost).
1821-1869 and 1883-1946
Lafayette Co Marriage License Indexes
The list has numerous misspellings
which may either be a
result of how the names were recorded in the original document or
transcribing the handwriting when they were indexed.
No attempt was made to correct these errors. If a particular couple
cannot be found in
this list, one still may be able to locate them with a little bit of
in the original records posted at the website above.
If you are interested in marriages in
counties or would like to obtain a copy of the actual marriage license,
the following website location:
Complete set of Missouri marriage records.
Instructions for using this website
provided on the following message board posting More marriage records.
Other transcriptions of early marriage records for Lafayette and
surrounding counties can be accessed using the following links.
Lafayette County Marriages 1821-1850
Jackson County Marriages 1827-1860
Johnson County Marriages 1835-1861
Johnson County Marriages 1862-1871
Johnson County Marriages 1872-1879
Saline County Marriages 1820-1850
Saline County Marriages 1861-1869
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