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Official Minnesota Marriage Index Online

By March 9, 2010

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A new free online index of Minnesota marriages from all 87 counties went online last month.The Minnesota Official Marriage System (MOMS) shows the bride and groom's name, the year of marriage, and the county that maintains the record. Marriage certificates can be ordered for a fee. A list of counties with their index dates is available here.

The Minnesota statewide marriage index is a great addition to other wonderful online Minnesota vital records collections and indexes, including the Minnesota Birth Certificates Index and Minnesota Death Certificates Index from the Minnesota Historical Society

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March 20, 2010 at 6:01 am
(1) PFletch says:

Funny thing happened. I have the original 1916 marriage certificate from Ramsey County, and wanted to find the particulars of how it’s stored in the state. Searching for both the bride and the groom, and bracketing the date, turned up nothing. Do you know the dates for which index covers — or is it different for each county?

March 23, 2010 at 7:41 am
(2) Marriage Records says:

I found Minnesota Official Marriage System (MOMS) very well structured for search. Countywise return of result is really fast on MOMS. Give it a try.

Marriage Records

June 8, 2010 at 11:10 pm
(3) Madi says:

This is not a reflection on the website but rather on the counties. The quality of the certificates varies from one county to another. That may be why my ancestor’s surname is misspelled.

December 22, 2010 at 4:16 am
(4) Online marriage says:

I found that the Official Minnesota marriage system is the best for ever.It works for the 87 countries are really a fantastic thing.It maintains the details very user friendly.
Online marriage

February 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm
(5) Alan says:

I can’t tell whether Hennepin County has some marriages they can display or whether you must call to or apply online for anything. They should explain one way the other. They should also mention what dates for which they have records.

March 19, 2011 at 10:00 am
(6) bob says:

Found site lacking in a lot of marriages that I have proof of.

March 29, 2011 at 12:46 am
(7) Donna says:

Why is Ramsey county not included?

June 3, 2011 at 5:15 pm
(8) Eugene Vogel says:

I am sure that the larger counties have thousands of licenses to process. It seems that Carver & Ramsey are slower than Hennepin. With the government in our state being in such a mess of nitpicking, we may have to wait even longer to get complete data from those counties. That is unless some people volunteer to do this job for those them.

November 30, 2011 at 11:48 am
(9) Austin says:

Ramsey County seems to be lacking… Does anybody know of another place to find marriage records from Ramsey?

February 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm
(10) scott says:

several marriages that I know for a fact should be on here simply arent

May 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm
(11) Susan says:

My antivirus software blocks sections of this site and indicates that it’s security certificate has expired. There doesn’t seem tobe a webmaster or contact us link. Makes me nervous…

September 11, 2012 at 11:59 pm
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November 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm
(13) Rpeters says:

The interface is unclear. One can choose to search by Both (Bride

August 9, 2013 at 7:36 am
(14) john dale says:

Are you serious, there are no on-line records,

August 14, 2013 at 11:25 am
(15) Bill says:

They went off line when same sex marriage was approved in Minnesota — August 1, 2013. I don’t think their program can handle same sex partners.

August 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm
(16) jievens says:

Bring back the previous Minnesota marriage records online. It worked much easier.

August 31, 2013 at 6:00 pm
(17) Marilyn says:

I was very disappointed with this new version of MOMS. I had used the older system for a number of years with great results but, I couldn’t bring up even one marriage on the new system – even though I tried one’s that I had found before.

October 25, 2013 at 12:04 am
(18) Margaret Miller says:

What happened? Do you have to sign in or something? I can’t get it to work. Loved it before.

December 21, 2013 at 10:35 am
(19) Duane Schroeder says:

Has MOMs gone offline – have not been able to access it for over a week now. IT WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST tools for genealogical purposes I have found. I continue to get “This page can’t be displayed”

December 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm
(20) Jan Schneider says:

What’s up with the marriage index – can’t access it for a number of days now really liked the previous version as it was much simpler to use. This one seems to be very unpredictable and unreliable.

December 27, 2013 at 1:59 pm
(21) Robert Chudek says:

The system has a new URL: http://moms.mn.gov

You need to update your bookmarks. Also, the new system does not display the certificate number in the results. You have to click on “Request Copy” in order to see the county certificate number. That is a step backward from the previous incarnation.

I would like to see a more powerful search feature. The current (and previous) methods are pretty lame, not allowing partial surname or wildcard searches. It takes a lot of patience to “guess” how a surname may have been misspelled or transcribed.

These are my personal nitpicks. Otherwise the system is great and it brings a lot of valuable genealogical information online. If this was available in 1996 it would have saved me several trips (days) of travel to the Hennepin County offices to find my grandparents marriage record. It now pops up within a second on my computer!

February 21, 2014 at 7:26 am
(22) JBR says:

MOMS is run on a very low budget by 10 Local Registrar volunteers representing the 9 districts in MN. MOMS had some struggles while moving to a new service provider. MOMS was rewritten and went live 12/27/2013 with the new domain name MOMS.mn.gov. MOMS is an index to direct the researcher to the county of record. 81 counties have all their data uploaded into MOMS. The metro counties have more volume to deal with. MOMS is currently working on a new system to upload data from counties. MOMS appreciates your comments and will take them into consideration as we move forward to enhance the new site. If you have questions about a specific county contact the Local Vital Record Registrar Office in that county. Vital records are usually part of the license bureau in metro counties. I’m sure they’d appreciate hearing MOMS has value.

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