UK: British County-Wide Marriage Indexes

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Historically, English men often married outside their parishes of residence. Marriages generally took place in the bride’s place of residence. Because there are over 11,000 Church of England parishes in England alone, it is often difficult to track down these records. To help alleviate this problem, genealogists and family history societies have created county-wide marriage indexes.

Percival Boyd, an avid genealogist in the early twentieth-century, is credited with devising this method to solve English family history conundrums. He made a serious dent in making a nation-wide index for England through what is known as Boyd’s Marriage Index. Next, the International Genealogical Index, and it’s holding-tank, the British Vital Records Index (CD-ROM), furthered these efforts. While each of these databases are valuable, they are incomplete when parish coverage is analyzed county-by-county, making them inferior to the indexes discussed in this article.

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most family histories back four or five generations without difficulty. With additional assistance from our research professionals across the globe, we have successfully traced genealogies back as many as thirty generations—to William the Conqueror, 1066 A.D. and beyond.

Price & Associates professional genealogy researchers have been helping people discover their heritage for more than thirty years. As one of the United States’ largest genealogical firms, we have assisted thousands of families to organize, chart, and verify their ancestral lines.Price & Associates uses the best software andgenealogy resources available, and even provides access to free databases and researching aids to everyone interested in their family history.


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