Thousands of marriage licenses that go back to the 1800’s will now be digitalized and kept in an electronic database. This is so the county is making an attempt to preserve documents from history.On Thursday the Cape Girardeau commission approved a request to find bids to digitalize marriage licenses. This project is expected to cost over $31,000 When the project is complete the licenses can be searched for in the Recorder of Dees database. Marriage records that are kept within the recorder’s office go back even before the establishment of Cape Girardeau County and the State of Missouri as a whole. The document preservation project will produce electronic files for a total of 11 marriage index books that go as far back as 1806, and they go through December 1991.