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What is a marriage record?

A marriage record is a any type of record or certificate that states the date and place where two individuals were married.

There is more information on marriage records that you can access by clicking the links to your left.

What information can I find in a marriage record?

The information on these records will vary depending on the religion and the person entering the information.

You can almost always find:

  • Bride's maiden name
  • Groom's name
  • Date of marriage. (To see an example, click here)

You may also find:

  • Witnesses' names
  • Place of ceremony
  • Residence of bride and groom
  • Religions of bride and groom
  • Places of birth
  • Signatures
  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Names of parents
  • Groom's occupation
  • Name of minister

You can also order certificates to put into your genealogy research, as these can be very useful. Click here to find out more.

How would I use a marriage record to help me with my research?

You may want to know:

  • An ancestor's marriage date and place
  • A place of residence
  • A year of birth for the bride/groom
  • The name of a preceding generation
  • Who a child belongs to, if married more than once
  • Religious affiliations

Where can I find a marriage record for one of my ancestors?

For records starting in the 1500's, Parish Records is the place to look.

For records from 1837 - 2004, you can look at BMD Indexes .

You can also view marriage records online or on CD.

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