England, Yorkshire, Allertonshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations - FamilySearch Historical Records

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England, Yorkshire, Allertonshire, Marriage Bonds & Allegations, 1667-1819
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Yorkshire, England
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Record Description
Record Type Marriage Bonds and Allegations
Collection years 1667-1819
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Durham University Library

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains images of various records relating to the marriage licensing process from Allertonshire Peculiar for the years 1667-1819. The original records are held in the University of Durham Library.

Allertonshire Peculiar

A peculiar is an area that is exempted from the jurisdiction of the bishopric in which it lies and is administered by another diocese. In this case, Allertonshire is a region of Yorkshire which is administered by the Diocese of Durham rather than by the Diocese of York. The collection includes the following parishes:

  • Birkby
  • Cowesby
  • Hutton Bonville
  • Leake
  • Nether Silton
  • North Otterington
  • Osmotherly
  • Thornton-le-Street

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for England, Yorkshire, Allertonshire, Marriage Bonds & Allegations, 1667-1819.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Marriage Bond or Allegation Records may include:

  • Names of the marriage partners
  • Ages of the marriage partners
  • Occupations of the marriage partners
  • Marital statuses (whether single or widowed)
  • Parish of residence
  • Sometimes where the marriage was to take place
  • Sometimes a parent’s name or signature
  • If either of the marriage partners was a minor, the name of the parent or guardian who was consenting to the marriage

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching, it is best to know the following information:

  • Name of the person
  • Year of the marriage

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

This collection does not have a searchable index. Only images are available. See View the Images to access them.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:
  1. Select Year
  2. Select Durham University Reference Number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • If an age is recorded, estimate a birth year and search for a birth or christening record
  • If parents are listed, search in parish registers for their names
  • Census records begin in 1841. Look for the married couple as a family in censuses
  • Continue searching for records for the wife with a married surname
  • Search in parish registers for children that would be born to the couple and christened

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Be careful using the listed age to estimate a birth year. Rather than listing actual ages, clerks often wrote in 21 as the age of both the bride and groom to show that they each were of legal age
  • Check for variants of given names and surnames
  • For much of the period of this collection, spelling was not standardized; pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation
  • Individuals might also have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible matches
  • Expand the date range
  • Search the records of nearby parishes. For this collection, bordering locations could include other parishes in Yorkshire outside Allertonshire or certain parishes in County Durham to the north

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Yorkshire.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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