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Find Wales Civil Marriage Records 1837 to the Present

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Marriages in Wales were recorded by the government beginning 1 July 1837. All people who married in Wales or England should be recorded in the civil records. Online indexes are free to search but a copy of the certificate will cost about fifteen dollars when ordered from the government. Some marriage certificates are available in church and chapel records for little or no cost.

Before searching for marriage certificates, know:

  • First and last name of the bride or the groom
  • About when the marriage took place
  • The county where the couple married

More information that will help you find a marriage certificate:

  • Full names of both the bride and groom
  • Father's name and occupation of the bride or groom
  • Parish or town name where the couple married

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Step 1.  Search an Index
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FreeBMD is a database of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales compiled from civil registration records. The index can be searched online for free.

Step 2.  Obtain a copy of the record[edit | edit source]

After searching an index and finding what appears to be a relevant entry, obtain a copy of the marriage record/certificate. An index entry may provide enough detail to help answer a question but the additional details on the certificate will provide critical clues for successful and accurate research.

The national registrar provides an easy method for ordering a copy of a certificate online.

Step 3.  Add new details to your notes
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Add the new details learned from the marriage record to your note keeping system and share with others on New FamilySearch. Be sure to document where the new information came from.

What to do if you don't find your ancestor[edit | edit source]

A marriage certificate will show:

  • Marriage date
  • Age of the bride and groom
  • Rank or profession
  • Father's name (bride and groom)
  • Registration district name
  • Parish or place of marriage
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Marital condition of bride and groom
  • Residence at time of marriage
  • Father's rank or profession
  • County where married
  • Names of witnesses