Half-a-mil­lion mar­riage li­cences added to Find­my­past

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More than 536,000 mar­riage li­cences from 15 English coun­ties have been digi­tised on find­my­past.co.uk.

The orig­i­nal records were copied in vol­umes pub­lished by the Col­lege of Arms, An­gu­line Re­search Archives and Gould Ge­neal­ogy, which have now been in­dexed by Find­my­past. The ear­li­est records in the col­lec­tion date from 1115, while the lat­est date from 1906. They cover lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Lon­don, Devon and York­shire.

Mar­riage li­cences waived the banns pe­riod nec­es­sary for a mar­riage to take place. They were ob­tained from the Church of Eng­land for a fee and with a sworn dec­la­ra­tion that there were no le­gal im­ped­i­ments to the mar­riage.

If you find a mar­riage li­cence for your an­ces­tors in the col­lec­tion, you could po­ten­tially dis­cover de­tails such as where they lived, the date of the li­cence, the name of their in­tended spouse and their fa­ther’s name.

Among the records in the col­lec­tion is the 27 Jan­uary 1446 mar­riage li­cence for “Richard son of Sir John Beauchamp [knight] and El­iz­a­beth Stafford, da. Of sir Humphrey Stafford [knight]” at Al­ces­ter, War­wick­shire. As 2nd Baron Beauchamp, Richard went on to fight against Queen Mar­garet in the Wars of the Roses.

The 1446 mar­riage of Richard Beauchamp and El­iz­a­beth Stafford is now on Find­my­past

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