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:
Additional information that will help in finding a marriage certificate:
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
- Learn more about researching Welsh civil registration records from 1837 to 1901.
- Try a different record type that gives marriage information.
Sample Wales civil registration record
A marriage certificate will show: