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05 October 2015

Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991.

It is simply amazing the number the amount of new records that continue to be made public on the various genealogical websites. Thanks to websites such as Ancestry, MyHeritage, and FamilySearch the amount of information that is at ones fingertips is such a blessing to all looking for their families.
This past week a new database has been added to FamilySearch that will be hopefully for those with families in the state of Missouri. That collection, Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991, contains over 2.5 million images of records from various Missouri counties. Those records include marriages, marriage applications, licenses, and certificates. The records come from multiple sources, including the microfilm collection of FamilySearch and the records of the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, Missouri. Records will continue to be added as they become available but it is still a wonderful collection now.
The process of searching the collection is very easy. The image below shows the basic search page. I entered the name that I always enter, Cohen, and the search returned 985 results. 

 

 As I scrolled through those results, I came to one that I was interested in, the marriage of Joseph A. Cohen and his bride Esther Lou Weinstock. I clicked on that entry and I was given a basic transcript page (see below) to view the information.

After I realized this was indeed the entry I wanted I clicked on the "View the original document" to view the original where the information came from. In addition to information on the transcript I was also now able to find the name of the Rabbi who performed the marriage. The original record (below) includes both the application to marry and the marriage license.

A big thanks to all those who make these records available, through their efforts and the efforts of the families researching their own ancestors we are connecting those long lost families.

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