Marriage registers after 1837
From July 1837 (when civil registration of marriages began in England), it
was possible to marry in a Register Office, a non-conformist chapel or a
Catholic church which had been licensed for marriages.
A new register book was used, with space for two marriage records per page,
and included much more information than previously.
The place of marriage, including the parish and county
Register entry number
The date "when married"
Name & Surname of groom and bride
Age of groom and bride
Condition (e.g. bachelor, spinster, widow, widower)
Rank or profession (occupation) of both (although it was common for a bride
not to be employed)
Residence at the time of marriage (both groom and bride)
Father's name & Surname (of both groom and bride)
Rank or profession of father (of both groom and bride)
whether by banns, or licence
Signatures of the groom and bride (or their marks)
Signatures of two witnesses
Signature of the person performing the ceremony
(Mothers' names were not stated).
Note: whereas it is possible to get a copy of a marriage certificate
from the local Register Office, or from Southport, these are always
copies (hand written or typed) of the original, and
not an actual photocopy of the original, even
though some might look old! If you want a copy of the original, with the
original signatures of your ancestors, then obtain a photocopy of the church
marriage register from the County Record Office. It is also a lot less
expensive than obtaining one from a Registrar or from Southport.
||Compare the original signatures of William Neep and Emily Cadman (my
great grandparents) on the original document above, with those on the
copy from the Register Office left.
A Register Office copy has uniform handwriting! It is simply a hand written
copy of the original document.
It is much more satisfying to own a photocopy with the original signatures.
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