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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Record Description
Record Type Marriage Bonds and Allegations
Collection years 1667-1819
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Related Websites
Durham University Library

What is in This Collection?

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

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for England, Yorkshire, Allertonshire, Marriage Bonds & Allegations, 1667-1819.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

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

Sample Image

How Do I Search This Collection?

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

  • Name of the person
  • Year of the marriage

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Year
  2. Select Durham University Reference Number to view the images.

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?

  • 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?

  • 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
  • Consult the England Record Finder to find other records

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.

Collection Citation

"England, Yorkshire, Allertonshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1667-1819." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Durham University Library, Durham.

Image Citation:
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