Other than the following two exceptions, the volume and page number
to the original books found at the St. Louis City Hall.
Marriage Contracts Found in Deed Books, 1764-1804
This index also contains contracts that were made between 1764, the
founding of Pierre Laclede Liquests' fur trading post, and 1804, the
beginning of U.S. rule for this region. These contracts, recorded in the
city archives along with deeds for land, are in their original French or
Spanish and are accompanied by English translation. Usually of great
these records reveal a great deal of information, including names of
parents, property settlements, heirs, prior and current places of
and other personal items. The records in the database that fall under
category are indicated in this index by the letter "D" preceeding the
volume/page reference. These references are to the volume and page of
deed records, not the marriage records.
Marriage Records Found in St. Louis County Records
Recently, the St. Louis County Recorder's office reviewed the
licenses it issued since the time of the separation of the city of St.
from St. Louis County in 1876. Book 1, which was once presumed lost, has
since been located, and the information has been entered into a computer
databse. Later, it was discovered that a number of marriages were
in the county's records by clergy after 1876, when they should have been
recorded in the St. Louis (city) Recorder's Office (Marriage Records
Division). These records have all been included in this index and are so
indicated by the letter "C" preceeding the volume/page reference.
If you would like to obtain a certified copy of the original record,
contact the Recorder of Deeds, Marriage License Bureau, City Hall, Room
1200 Market St., St. Louis, MO 63103-2881. They DO NOT accept personal
You must have a MONEY ORDER in the amount of $3.00 for each uncertified
of the marriage license.
If your ancestor married in St. Louis prior to 1876, the record should
included in this index. Additional records produced after 1876 are
at St. Louis City Hall and the St. Louis County Government Center, 41
Central, Clayton, Missouri 63105. Please do not contact the St. Louis
Genealogical Society for follow-up, as they cannot provide any
To purchase a copy of this index contact the St. Louis Genealogical
Society at its
site. For more information on the data you can contact City Hall..