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England, Yorkshire Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1613-1887
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Yorkshire, England
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Record Description
Record Type Marriage
Collection years 1613-1887
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Related Websites
Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York

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

This collection contains marriage bonds and allegations for the Anglican Diocese of York, 1618-1887. Some licenses for curates and schoolmasters, 1618-1620, are also included.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

  • 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]

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

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

  • Name of bride or groom
  • Year of marriage

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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.

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