Isle of Man Church Records
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For information about records for non-Christian religions in the Isle of Man, go to the Religious Records page.
- Isle of Man, Parish Registers, 1598-1950, index, incomplete, ($)
- Isle of Man Parish Registers, 1598-2009, index and images, incomplete.
- Isle of Man, Select Parish Registers, 1598-1936, index, incomplete, ($).
- The Isle of Man Family History Society, Index to Births, 1576-1960, index, incomplete.
- Web: Isle of Man, Baptism Index, 1600-1981, index, incomplete, ($)
- Isle Of Man, Births and Baptisms 1600-2010, index, incomplete, ($)
- Isle of Man, Select Births and Baptisms, 1821-1911, index, incomplete, ($)
- Isle of Man, Births and Baptisms, 1821-1911, index, incomplete, ($)
- Isle of Man Births and Baptisms, 1607-1910, index, incomplete.
- The Isle of Man Family History Society, Index to Marriages, 1576-1960, index, incomplete.
- Isle Of Man, Marriages 1598-1979, index, incomplete, ($)
- Isle of Man Marriages, 1606–1911, index, incomplete.
- Web: Isle of Man, Marriage Index, 1606-1984, index, incomplete, ($)
- Isle of Man, Select Marriages, 1849–1911, index, incomplete, ($)
- Isle of Man, Marriages, 1849–1911, index, incomplete, ($)
- Web: Isle of Man, Burial Index, 1598-2003, index, ($)
- Isle Of Man, Deaths and Burials 1598-2011, index, incomplete, ($)
- Isle of Man Deaths and Burials, 1844-1911, index, incomplete, ($)
- Isle of Man Deaths and Burials, 1844-1918, index, incomplete.
- Isle of Man, Select Deaths and Burials, 1844-1911, index, incomplete, ($)
- FreeBMD Database
- The Official Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial BMDs Service
- England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 Index Only,($)
- England Marriages, 1538–1973 Index Only.
Baptism records usually contain:
- Child's name
- Father's name, and from 1813 his occupation and residence/address
- Mother's name, but not her maiden name
- Baptism date, and sometimes birth date, which can often be several years before the baptism.
It is worth mentioning that it was common practice in families to use the same Christian name over and over again until a child survived with it. This means that individuals need to try and capture all of the family members listed watching for deaths and that same name being given to the next child of the same sex.
Couples usually married in the bride’s parish. Typically, the English married in their 20s. You may find records that show a couple’s “intent to marry” in addition to the records of the actual marriage. Sometimes, however, the couple registered their intent to marry but never married. Church of England parish register marriage records usually contain:
- Marriage date
- Name of the bride and groom
- Residence of the bride and groom
- Marital status of bride and groom
- May list the dates that the marriage was announced (also called “banns published”). This normally took place on three separate occasions prior to the marriage and gave anyone with a valid reason a chance to object to the marriage.
- After 1754, the full names of two witnesses
- After 1754, the minister's name
After 30 June 1837, marriage records also include:
- Age of the bride and groom
- Name and occupation of fathers of bride and groom
There were two ways to meet the requirements to marry, see Marriage Allegations, Bonds and Licences in England and Wales
- By Banns. A law required couples to have the minister announce or post notice of their intent to marry for three consecutive Sundays, unless they obtained a license. This gave others the opportunity to object to the marriage. Beginning in 1754, officials recorded banns in separate registers. Banns registers contain information almost identical to marriage registers, but banns usually do not list the witnesses or marriage date.
- By License. A couple applied to the proper church authority, usually the bishop, for a license when:
- Circumstances made it desirable to marry without waiting the three weeks required for the proclamation of banns.
- The bride and groom lived in different dioceses.
- A couple preferred not to subject themselves to publication of banns (common among upper classes and nonconformists).
A burial usually took place in the deceased’s parish a few days after the death. Church of England parish register burial records usually contain:
- Burial date
- Name of the deceased.
- If the deceased is a child, the father’s name might be given.
- If the deceased is a married woman, the husband’s name might be given
- If the deceased is a widow, that may be noted.
- May give the sex of the deceased
The forms introduced in 1813 also called for:
- Age of the deceased
- Residence of the deceased
- Occupation of the deceased
- Minister's signature
Burial registers may mention infant children who were not christened, including stillbirths. Christening records never record stillbirths.
Church of England
Parish registers from the Isle of Man from 1598-2009 are available also online at FamilySearch. These records are not indexed. It is necessary to search through images as opposed to searching for a name. First determine the location (town), then select the record years you are interested in as well as the type of record, baptism, etc. These records may also be downloaded to your computer or printed. The option of viewing online allows you to enlarge, rotate and view specific pieces of the image.
- Isle of Man Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Isle of Man Miscellaneous Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Isle of Man Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Isle of Man Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Isle of Man, Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Marriage licence paperwork does not survive for the Isle of Man.
Information about Roman Catholic parishes in the Isle of Man is available at A Manx Note Book website. These parishes belong to the Archdiocese of Liverpool whose main office is at the Centre for Evangelisation (known as LACE):
0151 522 1000
Methodist Church District Office
Eastcliffe Resource Centre, (for Adults with Learning Disabilities)
Victoria Road, DOUGLAS IM2 4AL
Mob: 07624 463126 (use Bus Service 3A (to the Shoprite stop) to get to Eastcliffe)
The Greater World Christian Spiritualist Church
The Greater World Christian Spiritualist Church
Lower Dukes Road
ISLE OF MAN
- Gibson, Jeremy. Bishop's Transcripts and Marriage Licences, Bonds and Allegations (Bury: Federation of Family History Societies, 2001), 51.