England, Cheshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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England, Cheshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1606-1900
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|Location of Cheshire, England|
|Record Type||Marriage Bonds and Allegations|
|Cheshire Archives and Local Studies|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This collection contains an index of marriage bonds and allegations from the county of Cheshire for the years 1606-1900. The original records are held at the Cheshire Archives.
Marriage allegations and bonds were sworn statements filed by a bride and groom as part of a marriage license application. The allegation stated that there was no known reason that the marriage should not take place; bonds contractually obligated the signers to pay a sum of money if the allegation was incorrect. Until 1733, marriage bonds were written partly in Latin but the wording was standardized. Furthermore, the printed forms that were in use by the 1690s also help in deciphering the records.
For a list of the parishes which historically made up this county with links to more information about each of them, see the Cheshire Parishes page.
Until 1847, the Diocese of Chester covered large portions of Lancashire and Yorkshire, so some parishes from these two counties may be present in this collection. It could be helpful to use the Historical Jurisdictions Map to locate pre-1851 parish boundaries.
What Can These Records Tell Me?
Marriage Bonds and Allegations include:
- Names of bride and groom
- Date and place of marriage
- Whether the individuals were single or widowed
The records often include:
- Parents’ name
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching, it is best to know the following information:
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How Do I Analyze the Results?
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?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
"England, Cheshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1606-1900." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Cheshire Record Office, Chester.
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