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Marriages in Wales between 1837 and 1901 were recorded by the government. Search these civil registration records to find information about your Welsh ancestor's marriage.

Find and search Wales civil registration records

Before searching for civil registration certificates you should know at least the following:

  • First and last name of the bride or the groom
  • About when the marriage took place
  • The county where the couple married
         

Additional information that will help in finding a marriage certificate:

  • Full names of both the bride and groom
  • Father's name and occupation of the bride and groom
  • Parish or town name where the couple married

Step 1.  Search an Index

FreeBMD is a database of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales compiled from civil registration records. The index can be searched online for free.

Step 2.  Obtain a copy of the record

After searching an index and finding what appears to be a relevant entry, obtain a copy of the marriage record/certificate. An index entry may provide enough detail to help answer a question but the additional details on the certificate will provide critical clues for successful and accurate research.

  • FindMyPast and FamilySearch may provide free or pay to view online images of marriages in the parish registers.
  • The national registrar provides an easy method for ordering a copy of a certificate online.

Step 3.  Add new details to your notes

Add the new details learned from the marriage record to your note keeping system and share with others on New FamilySearch. Be sure to document where the new information came from.

Step 4. What to do if you don't find your ancestor

Sample Wales civil registration record

Wales Glamorgan Marriages (10-0267) DGS 4174167 19.jpg

A marriage certificate will show:
  • Marriage date
  • Age of the bride and groom
  • Rank or profession
  • Father's name (bride and groom)
  • Registration district name
  • Parish or place of marriage
   
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Marital condition of bride and groom
  • Residence at time of marriage
  • Father's rank or profession
  • County where married
  • Names of witnesses




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