England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
The collection consists of an marriages registered in England and Wales beginning 1 July 1837 through 1920. The index is arranged in volumes by years with the entries listed alphabetically. These indexes can be used to order a copy of the actual certificate. Index courtesy of Findmypast.com.  
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The collection consists of an index to marriages registered in England and Wales beginning 1 July 1837 through 1920. The index is arranged in volumes by years with the entries listed alphabetically. These indexes can be used to order a copy of the actual certificate. Index courtesy of [http://search.findmypast.com/search/world-records/england-and-wales-marriages-1837-2008 Findmypast.com].  
  
 
== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
The marriage index generally lists:  
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'''The marriage index''' generally lists:  
  
 
*Surname and given name  
 
*Surname and given name  
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*The approximate year of marriage
 
*The approximate year of marriage
  
==== Search the Collection ====
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===Search the Collection===
  
To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
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To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination.  
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.  
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
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===Using the Information===
 
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==== Using the Information ====
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:  
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*Use the names of the bride and groom and the marriage place to locate the family in census and church records.
 
*Use the names of the bride and groom and the marriage place to locate the family in census and church records.
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
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===Tips to Keep in Mind===
  
 
*Knowing the district name and at least an approximate year in which the death occurred will reduce your search time.  
 
*Knowing the district name and at least an approximate year in which the death occurred will reduce your search time.  
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*A woman’s surname in the marriage index may be her surname from a previous marriage.
 
*A woman’s surname in the marriage index may be her surname from a previous marriage.
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ====
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===Unable to Find Your Ancestor?===
  
 
*Look for variant spellings of the names. Surnames are often found under unexpected spellings.  
 
*Look for variant spellings of the names. Surnames are often found under unexpected spellings.  
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For additional information about the use of this index see the wiki article [[England Civil Registration]].  
 
For additional information about the use of this index see the wiki article [[England Civil Registration]].  
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[England and Wales, Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/ FindMyPast]  
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*[http://search.findmypast.com/search/world-records/england-and-wales-marriages-1837-2008 FindMyPast]
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*[[Beginning British Research]]
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*[[Beginning British Research]]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[England Civil Registration]]  
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*[[England Civil Registration]]
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*[[England]]
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*[[Beginning British Research]]
  
 
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
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{{Collection citation| text = “England and Wales, Marriage Index, 1800-1920.” Index. ''FamilySearch''. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing ''FindMyPast''. Brightsolid Online Publishing Limited England.}}<br><br>
  
{{Collection citation| text = “England and Wales, Marriage Index, 1800-1920.” Index. ''FamilySearch.'' http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing FindMyPast. Brightsolid Online Publishing Limited England.}}
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Revision as of 18:50, 18 August 2014

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of an index to marriages registered in England and Wales beginning 1 July 1837 through 1920. The index is arranged in volumes by years with the entries listed alphabetically. These indexes can be used to order a copy of the actual certificate. Index courtesy of Findmypast.com.

Record Content

The marriage index generally lists:

  • Surname and given name
  • Record type
  • Spouse’s surname (post-1911 marriage indexes)
  • Year, quarter, volume and page number
  • District
  • Line and event number
  • May also list other names

How to Use the Record

To begin your search you will need to know

  • Your ancestor’s names
  • The approximate year of marriage

Search the Collection

To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the information in the index to obtain a copy of the marriage certificate from the appropriate registration district.
  • Use the spouse's surname to help find the spouse's name.
  • Use the names of the bride and groom and the marriage place to locate the family in census and church records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Knowing the district name and at least an approximate year in which the death occurred will reduce your search time.
  • Events are filed by the date registered, not the date they occurred (for example, a marriage on 20 March which was registered on 6 April will be in the April-May-June quarter).
  • Indexes were prepared by hand and may contain copying errors (for example, "T" for "F") or omissions.
  • Persons with common names may be difficult to identify in the index.
  • Some marriages were indexed by the name of only one spouse.
  • A woman’s surname in the marriage index may be her surname from a previous marriage.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. Surnames are often found under unexpected spellings.
  • You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • A person may have been registered under a different name than he or she used later in life.

For additional information about the use of this index see the wiki article England Civil Registration.

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Don't overlook FHL Place England items or FHL Keyword England items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see England Archives and Libraries.
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Don't overlook FHL Place Wales items or FHL Keyword Wales items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Wales Archives and Libraries.

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection citation:

“England and Wales, Marriage Index, 1800-1920.” Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing FindMyPast. Brightsolid Online Publishing Limited England.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-1920.