Marriage Indexes - England

In England, it was common for people in the past to marry in locations outside of their birthplaces or permanent places of residence. Because marriages were recorded locally at the parish level, genealogists have more than 11,000 places to search for ancestral marriages. To reduce this time-consuming task, English genealogists have created marriage indexes. A few nationwide indexes are available including Boyd's Marriage Index, the International Genealogical Index, and the British Isles Vital Records Index (CD-ROMs); however, these indexes are noncomprehensive. Dozens of county-wide marriage indexes have been created, contain all extant marriages recorded in their counties, and are identified in Jeremy Gibson and Elizabeth Hampson, Marriage and Census Indexes for Family Historians (Bury, Lancashire: Federation of Family History Societies (Publications) Ltd., 2000).