England and Wales Marriage Index, 1837 to 1983; 1983 to 2005

There are 98,000,000 records in the England and Wales Marriage Index collection. These records begin in 1837 and continue through 2005 and were collected from the UK National Archives. To obtain additional information on the England and Wales Marriage Index, visit the UK National Archives .

Information Available In This Collection

Each record in the England and Wales Marriage Index displays the first and last name of the groom and the first and maiden name of the bride. Also included is the date of marriage, marriage location and a reference number for the original marriage license.

About the UK National Archives

The primary resource for the England and Wales Marriage Index is the UK National Archives. To learn more about ordering copies of marriage records, contact the UK National Archives using the information below.

UK National Archives
Kew, Richmond, Surrey

The UK National Archives is one of the largest institutions of its kind, with over 11 million records dating back to William the Conqueror. The UK National Archives holds a variety of government and public sector records that are available to the public for viewing. Individuals may research British armed forces records up through 1920, court records, medieval tax records, criminal trials, and records relating to political histories divided by century and dating back to the sixteenth century. Also, historic maps, paintings and photographs are preserved by the UK National Archives.

The UK National Archives is an invaluable resource for those performing genealogical research, especially since many records are available online to the public. These records include several types of military records like British volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, Royal Navy registers, merchant seamen registers and records of awards, and army records. The UK National Archives does not house vital records like birth and death certificates and marriage licenses, however, but information and links are provided to facilitate locating these important records.

The General Register Office for England and Wales is responsible for recording all birth and death certificates, stillborns, adoptions and marriage licenses, as well as for distributing copies. The General Register Office began recording marriage licenses in 1837. Copies of marriage licenses can be ordered online or by mail. Individuals need to provide the full names of the bride and groom, place and date of marriage, and names and occupations for both the fathers of the bride and groom.

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