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Search Church Records to Find Marriage Information in Wales Before 1837

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Wales, Montgomeryshire Parish Registers DGS 4393900 246 Marriage.jpg

Before using church records know:[edit | edit source]

  • names for both the bride and groom (one may work if it is not something like Evan Evans)
  • year of the marriage (it can be estimated based on the birth year of the first child)

Search a county marriage index[edit | edit source]

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

Next Steps[edit | edit source]

Check to see if the marriage was by Banns or License

Obtain the additional documents of marriage bond or marriage allegation for anyone married by license.

Wales Marriage 1754 to 1837 Bryncoedifor.jpg


Obtain a copy of the marriage record[edit | edit source]

Once you know when and where a couple married, according to an index reference, you should obtain a copy of that marriage record. The marriage record may provide details not included in an index or transcript.

There are four basic options for obtaining a copy of the marriage record:

Church marriage records contain[edit | edit source]

  • Name of the groom
  • Name of the bride
  • Date of marriage
  • Marital condition (bachelor, spinster, widower, widow) after 1753
  • Names of witnesses, signatures, and place of residence
  • Whether married by banns or license

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Some existing parish registers did not get indexed or have images published on FamilySearch and Findmypast. A list of the missing parishes is being prepared.
  • County family history societies have the most complete marriage indexes.
  • Some Welsh people married in England. Boyd's Marriage Index or county indexes for England may help you find a missing marriage.
  • Remember that spellings for places and names may vary over time.
  • Consider the possibility that the persons being searched for may have been using patronymics.
  • Search for the variant versions of the name being sought.
    • David / Davis / Davies
    • Evan / Evans
    • John / Jones
  • A couple may not have married in the county where they lived. If the marriage is not found in the expected county try indexes for the neighboring counties.