Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

15/6/2011

London, England, Crisp’s Marriage Licence Index, 1713-1892

Abstracts of marriage licenses and many original licenses from major London parishes are in this database. Information regarding places of origin and family members may sometimes be found in addition to the marriage date, location, and spouse’s name. As a general rule licenses were reserved for the wealthy or famous, allowing them to circumvent public announcements or Banns of their impending marriage (thus avoiding possible objections) and also allowing a quick marriage. Couples were usually married in the bride’s parish and could wed at a very young age until the early 20th century.

A series of mandates in the sixteenth century required clergy to compile records of baptisms, marriages, and burials within each parish. As the clergy were also obliged to send an annual copy to the bishop (called Bishop’s Transcripts) there are many parish records from this time. During England’s Civil War from 1642–1660 records were destroyed, lost, or never recorded. In 1837 civil registration, also known as General Registration, began recording births, deaths, and marriages on a country-wide level. for more click here

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