England Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1538-1973
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What is in This Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1538 to 1973.

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The records contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Name of spouse
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place

The records may also include:

  • Names of the fathers

Collection Content

Sample image of an indexed record:

John Smith mentioned in the record of John Smith and Eleanor Hornby
Name John Smith
Birth Date 1830
Age 27
Spouse's Name Eleanor Hornby
Spouse's Birth Date 1835
Event Date 19 Oct 1857
Event Place Cartmel, Lancashire, England
Father's Name John Smith
Spouse's Father's Name Thomas Hornby

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Names of the bride or groom
  • Approximate date of marriage

Search the Index

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

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?

  • Look at an image of the original record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, death, or census records
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname, unless the surname is a common surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records
  • Witnesses or bondsmen listed on the marriage were usually relatives

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Try viewing any original indexes to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames, middles name, or an abbreviation of their given name

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Known Issues With This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"England Marriages, 1538-1973." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.
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