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

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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

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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