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For information about records for non-Christian religions in the Isle of Man, go to the Religious Records page.

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Contents

Baptisms

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.

Marriages

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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).

Burials

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

For a list of parishes, see A Manx Note Book website. Details of which parishes have printed extracts and start and end dates are available on the Parish Records page.

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.

Marriage Licences

Marriage licence paperwork does not survive for the Isle of Man.[1]

Roman Catholic

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):


LACE
Croxteth Drive
Sefton Park
Liverpool
L17 1AA
0151 522 1000
Email:webmaster@rcaol.co.uk

Methodist

Methodist Church District Office
District Office
Barrule Road
Willaston

Quaker

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
Douglas
ISLE OF MAN
IM2 4BH

References

  1. Gibson, Jeremy. Bishop's Transcripts and Marriage Licences, Bonds and Allegations (Bury: Federation of Family History Societies, 2001), 51.