Did your ancestors come from Durham? Reveal your ancestors through these Durham marriages. You will find details of your relative’s marriage centuries before the civil registrations of marriage. Marriage records can provide you with your ancestor’s marriage date, marriage place, and your ancestor’s father’s name. This collection also includes bishop’s transcripts.
Each record includes a transcript of the original marriage record. A small number of records will also provide you with an image. The information contained in the records varies however you may be able to find out a combination of the following:
Father’s first name
Father’s last name
Spouse’s first name(s)
Spouse’s last name
Spouse’s marital status
Spouse’s father’s first name(s)
Spouse’s father's last name
Spouse’s father's occupation
License or Banns
The records with images were provided by The National Archives and created by the College of Arms, the official heraldic authority for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and much of the Commonwealth including Australia and New Zealand. The records will provide you with details found in the original parish register.
The Durham baptisms were previously published in the Northumberland and Durham Marriages and the Durham Bishop’s Transcripts Marriages.
From 1598, every parish was required to create bishop’s transcripts. These were abbreviated copies of the parish’s registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials. These copies were sent to the bishop. The original bishop’s transcripts from Durham are held at the Durham University Library. They were photographed by Family Search and have now been transcribed and index by Findmypast.
Bishop’s transcripts are a valuable resource, particularly if the original parish registers have not survived. For a full list of the parishes included in this collection, you can consult the available parish list in the Useful links and resources section.
Begin your search broadly with just a first and last name.
You can narrow your results if needed by adding a year, place, or spouse’s name.