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Marriage Records

Marriage registers give the following information:

  • Brides’ and grooms’ names and the date and place of marriage.
  • Marriage registers may also indicate whether the individuals were previously widowed. If they were widowed, the registers may give the name of the deceased spouse and how long the spouse had been deceased.
  • If they were minors it is often noted whether a parent or other party gave permission for the marriage.
  • The records also give the names of the witnesses and often include the brides’ and grooms’ age (typically girls married between the ages of 14 and 20, while men married in their 20s).
  • Residence, parent’s names, and sometimes birthplace.
  • Marriage registers may also give the dates on which the marriage banns were announced.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Couples were generally married in the home parish of the bride.

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