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More Information on Marriage Records

Marriage Records in Parish Registers

What are Parish Registers?

Parish registers are records of baptisms, marriages, and burials made by the Church. They are a valuable resource for researching your family tree because the census and official records of birth, marriage and death do not go back further than 1837.

How will Parish Registers help me with my research?

Parish records can extend your research back to the time of King Henry VIII. Most Parish Records go back to the 1600's, and some even date back to the 1500's.

To find an ancestor using these records, you will need to know where they lived and what church they went to.

What can I expect to find on a Parish Record?

Marriage records contain the name of the bride and groom, the Parish where they were married and sometimes details of the brides parish. The level of detail changes depending on the year.

You can find more information on Parish Records here.

Marriage Records in BMD Indexes (1837 - 2004)

What are BMDs?

'BMD' stands for Births, Marriages & Deaths records kept by the General Register Office (GRO) of England & Wales, part of the National Office of Statistics (NOS). These records have been kept by law since 1837, detailing every birth, marriage and death recorded in England & Wales since that date. These records are also used to issue birth, marriage and death certificates.

What information can I expect to find on a marriage record?

In the 1837 - 1983 image search, you can find:

  • Name
  • District registered
  • Volume number & volume page number (this is useful for ordering certificates).

In the 1984 - 2004 database search, you can find:

  • Name
  • Partner's surname
  • District registered
  • Volume number & volume page number (this is useful for ordering certificates).

You can find more information on BMDs here.