Two new marriage indexes have been made available online on British Origins as follows:

Surrey Marriage Records: 1500–1846

“This index, kindly made available by West Surrey Family History Society, covers nearly 270,000 marriages – ie 540,000 brides and grooms – for the whole of rural Surrey, portions of Metropolitan Surrey, some Middlesex parishes, and strays from all over the UK, especially London, Middlesex and Sussex.

The Index is complete for Surrey up to 1837 except some Metropolitan parishes – it contains all the parishes of West and rural East Surrey. There are also a substantial number (43,000) of entries from Middlesex parishes for the period 1813-1837 derived from a slip index created by Cliff Webb for this period.

While most marriages are from Surrey parish registers (see the parish listings for details), the Index now also contains over 4,000 stray marriages from outside Surrey and over 11,000 Marriage Licence Allegations for the periods 1662-1665 & 1674-1770 (as published by Bax in 1907, and re-published by the West Surrey Family History Society on microfiche no.26).”

York Marriage Bonds & Allegations Index: 1613–1839

“This Index to The Dean and Chapter of York’s Marriage Bonds and Allegations (Applications for marriage without Banns), covers over 150,000 marriage licences (over 300,000 names).

The Archbishop of York granted marriage licences for the Diocese of York and the remainder of the Northern province when more than one jurisdiction was involved.

Information in the marriage bonds includes the couple’s names and the date on which the bond was taken out. Originally the bonds were completed in Latin and English. After 1753, when the use of English was enforced for all legal documents, a printed form was introduced for marriage allegations which shows ages, parishes and the church named for the ceremony. Bonds were no longer taken out after 1823 but allegations were kept.

A marriage licence is not evidence of marriage and it may be necessary to check the Church or Chapel register to confirm that the marriage took place.

A Bond was valid for 3 months from the date of issue and if the marriage did not take place within that period, a fresh application had to he made. A Bond could be issued by or on behalf of The Dean and Chapter if one of the parties had resided in the parish for 21 days before the application and therefore people from all parts of the British Isles (and also overseas) are involved.

Geographic coverage
Generally grants of licences were confined to persons marrying within the Diocese and in the Archbishop’s peculiar jurisdiction of Hexhamshire in Northumberland but a very few will be found for parishes in Durham, Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

The Diocese of York included most of Yorkshire with the exception of the Deanery of Boroughbridge and the Archdeanery of Richmond which became part of the new Diocese of Chester in 1541. At the time when Nottinghamshire was in the Diocese of York a different situation arose. Marriage licences were granted from two main sources:

  • The Dean & Chapter of York through his peculiar jurisdiction over certain Nottinghamshire parishes. Details of the parishes concerned and a full list of the licences granted are contained in the Index to the Dean & Chapter’s Marriage Bonds & Allegations 1613-1839. The Bonds are held in York.
  • The Archdeacon of Nottingham who issued the majority of the licences in Nottinghamshire. The Bonds are held in Nottingham.”

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