Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

24/4/2007

The St. Catherine’s Marriage Index

The records of civil registration of post-1837 births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales that are held by the General Register Office (St Catherine’s House) are not available to the public, though individual certificates can be purchased. What is available, including on microfiche or microfilm at many libraries, is a set of indexes to these records. The marriage indexes have separate entries for husbands and wives, and so it can be very difficult to identify the entries for a given marriage, and essentially impossible if only one spouse’s name is known, from the indexes alone. Thus one is left with the considerable expense of having to commission the GRO to perform searches, or to purchase certificates that might well turn out to be irrelevant. for more click here

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