To request editing rights on the Wiki, click here.

Find Wales marriages in church or chapel records after 1 July 1837

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Wales Parish Registers Marriage DGS 4197004 4.jpg

Couples could choose to be married at the local government registration office, a parish church or nonconformist chapel starting 1 July 1837. Because many Welsh parish registers are online, it should cost less to get a copy of the marriage record for your ancestor.

Step 1. Decide approximately when & where the marriage happened

  • estimate a marriage about one year before the first known child
  • search in a range of years (1840 -1850) for a marriage about 1845
  • search the bride's birth county first, then try the groom's birth county if different

Step 2. Search the county marriage index


Anglesey, Breconshire, Caernarfonshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Glamorgan, Merionethshire, Monmouthshire, Montgomeryshire, Pembrokeshire, Radnorshire

Step 3.Compare details in the record with information you already have to be sure you have the correct marriage record

  • Age and occupation should match or be very similar
  • If the names are very common other details may need to be compared from census and other records

Step 4. Obtain a copy of the record

  • common names require extra care so you will need an easy way to get back to a copy of the marriage record to check for clues