Great Britain Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988
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Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1797-1988
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What is in This Collection?

This index is an index of marriages in Great Britain for the years 1797 to 1988. It is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

  • The names of the bride and groom
  • Date of marriage
  • Place of marriage

The records may also contain:

  • Marital status
  • Birth years
  • Ages
  • Names of the fathers

Collection Content

Sample of indexed information:

John Smith Mentioned in the record of John Smith and Rose Amy Twine
Name John Smith
Birth Date 1903
Age 28
Spouse's Name Rose Amy Twine
Spouse's Birth Date 1905
Spouse's Age 26
Event Date 12 Sep 1931
Event Place St. Aldhelm'S, Bedminster, Somerset, England
Father's Name John Smith
Spouse's Father's Name George Twine

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name or names of the bride and groom
  • The 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?

  • If birth years or ages are listed, search for church or civil records for evidence of birth or christening
  • Look for the couple in future census records beginning in 1841
  • If the fathers' names are listed, look in census records for the father and the bride or groom as children
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relationships that can be verified by records
  • Witnesses or bondsmen were often relatives

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

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.
  • When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames, abbreviations of names, or alternated between using first and middle names
  • Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as recorders heard them. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation
  • Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of search results
  • Search in other nearby locations
  • Consult the England Record Finder to find other records

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988." Database. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

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