WEEK 5 Or­der a mar­riage cer­tifi­cate

Con­firm dates and re­la­tion­ships in your fam­ily tree by ex­plor­ing civil reg­is­ters

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The civil regis­tra­tion of all mar­riages that took place in Eng­land and Wales from 1 July 1837 al­lows us to take our fam­ily his­tory search back to the be­gin­ning of Queen Vic­to­ria’s reign, be­cause the cer­tifi­cates pro­vide the bride and groom’s fa­thers’ names and oc­cu­pa­tions, so you can join the dots back to the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion. If the fa­ther’s name was left blank this of­ten sig­ni­fies that per­son was born out of wed­lock, in which case their sur­name was prob­a­bly their mother’s maiden sur­name and their birth cer­tifi­cate is un­likely to dis­close the fa­ther’s iden­tity ei­ther.

Mar­riage cer­tifi­cates for Eng­land and Wales cost £9.25 and re­veal whether ei­ther party had been pre­viou sly mar­ried and wid­owed or di­vorced, t heir abode, and whether they were of ‘full age’ (over 21) or a mino or. In the­ory, any­one un­der th he age of 21 needed their pare ents’ con­sent to marry, so bo oys over 14 and girls as you ng as 12 could be wed. It was sn’t un­til 1929 that the age of con­sent was raised to 1 6. If you’re lucky, the bride e and groom’s ex­act ages s will be on the cer­tifi­cate e. All of this in­for­ma­tion should ul­ti­mately help you find more cen­sus re­turns and birth cer­tifi­cates. We of­ten need to find a mar­riagee cer­tifi­cate once we’ve traced a cou­ple as far b ack as we can us­ing cen­sus re­turns, and want to nar­row down the op­tions ns to iden­tify them on ear­lier cen­suses with their par­ents. The of­fi­ci­at­ing min­is­ter at the cer­e­mony was re­spon­si­ble for send­ing copies of the mar­riage reg­is­ter to the lo­cal su­per­in­ten­dent regis­trar and also to the Regis­trar Gen­eral ev­ery quar­ter, and the names were in­cluded in the Gen­eral Reg­is­ter Of­fice ( GRO)’s na­tional in­dex. The bride and groom’s names were en­tered in the in­dex with the same regis­tra­tion district, vol­ume and page num­bers, and from 1912 the in­dex shows the spouse’s sur­name to make find­ing the right en­try eas­ier. On­line copies of the GRO in­dex on freebmd.org.uk, thege­neal­o­gist.co.uk and find­my­past.co.uk can be searched for peo­ple with match­ing regis­tra­tion de­tails right back to 1837, which is par­tic­u­larly use­ful when you only knoww the bride’s first name. Bear in minnd that more than one cou­ple usu­ally share the same ref­er­ence num­bers be­cause sev­eral mar­riagges ap­pear on the same page in the reg­is­ter. As with any in­dex, mis­takes could have been mmade when it was coom­piled, so if you can’t finnd a mar­riage in the GRO in­deex then it’s worth hav­ing the loocal su­per­in­ten­dent regis­trar’s in­dex checked if you have some idea of where the mar­rriage took place. Some of the­see re­gional in­dexes have been par­tially digi­tised at ukbm md.org.uk/lo­cal_ bmd and ccopies of mar­riage cer­tifi fi­cates can be or­dered from tthe su­per­in­ten­dent reg­istr rar’s of­fice. Be­foreBefo pay­ing to or­der any cer­tifi­cate, it’s al­ways a good idea to checkhk whetherhh the An­ces­try or Find­my­past web­sites have al­ready digi­tised the orig­i­nal mar­riage reg­is­ter. These sites have part­nered with sev­eral County Record Of­fices to scan copies of a se­lec­tion of Angli­can, Catholic and Protes­tant non­con­formist reg­is­ters, so if your an­ces­tors mar­ried in a Chris­tian place of wor­ship then there’s a chance that the copy of their mar­riage cer­tifi­cate filed in the church reg­is­ter is on­line.

Scot­tish searches

Scot­land­speo­ple.gov.uk holds dig­i­tal copies of statu­tory mar­riage reg­is­ters, which cover Scot­land from when civil regis­tra­tion

A spe­cial con­sta­ble and his bride pic­tured in 1915

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