Was your ancestor married in Southam, Rubgy, Dunchurch, Ufton or in another parish of Warwickshire? Search thousands of records and discover your relative’s wedding date, father’s name, and father’s occupation, as well as the names of those who witnessed the marriage. The records allow you to search by spouse or marriage date, which is beneficial if you are searching for lesser-known ancestors.
Each record includes a transcript of the original marriage registry. The amount of information in each transcript can differ but most will include the following:
Spouse’s marital status
Spouse’s father’s name
Spouse’s father’s occupation
By licence or banns
County and country
The Warwickshire Marriages are not intended to be a comprehensive survey of all the marriages in Warwickshire. For more details about what towns or villages are included, view the Warwickshire Place List available in Useful Links and Resources. The collection does include some duplication of marriage records. Both records have been retained because, in some cases, additional family history can be found in both records.
Warwickshire is in the West Midlands of England. These records show 16,826 marriages from St Mary’s in Warwick. St Mary’s is a Church of England parish and one of the largest churches in England. Founded in 1123 by Robert de Newburgh, the 2nd Earl of Warwick, St Mary’s is a collegiate church. A collegiate church observes daily worship and is maintained by a college of canons, a secular clergy. It can be presided over by a dean or provost.
The records start from 1538, the year Thomas Cromwell, the Vicar General of the newly formed Anglican Church, mandated that all parishes were to keep records of marriages, baptisms and burials. Often these records were kept in a single book. The book was to be kept in a coffer (a small chest) and locked by two keys. One key was held by the minister and the other by the church warden. Entries were to be made every Sunday after service. If records were not kept, the church would be fined.
Many of the transcripts include details of whether the couple married by licence or banns. Marriage licences were created in the 14th century. Couples could obtain a marriage licence for a fee if they wished to waive the bann period. Along with a marriage licence fee, the couples were obligated to sign a declaration stating that there were not lawful impediments to their marriage. There are different reasons why couples married by licence instead of by bann. For example, a couple may have chosen to marry by licence if they were getting married away from home, wanted to get married quickly, or simply wanted to show that they could pay for a licence.