This highly important, previously unpublished tool for genealogical research helps users trace their ancestors as far back as the 16th century and point them toward a broader spectrum of career and other records concerning the life and activity of their ancestors.
Before 1837, no central register of marriages existed, and the genealogist had to consult a number of widely dispersed registers and indexes. The marriage license records at Lambeth Palace Library document the location of 18th and 19th century marriages throughout England and Wales.
The 34 volumes that calendar and index these records make them an important genealogical research source. These record the issue of marriage licenses by the Archbishop of Canterbury, his Vicar-General and the Faculty Office. The Archbishop was empowered to issue a license to any couple in England. If the parties lived in different dioceses, they had to apply to the Vicar-General and to the Faculty Office if they lived in different provinces. If the wedding was to be held in a diocese other than that of either of the parties, a special license was obtained from the Faculty Office or the Vicar-General. To obtain a license, one of the parties, normally the groom, had to make a formal sworn statement called an allegation. This usually gave the names, ages and respective parishes of the parties and sometimes included details of their parents and professions. It also named the church or churches in which the marriage could take place.
Part One: The Calendars and Indexes of Allegations for Marriage Licenses issued by the Vicar-General for the Province of Canterbury, 1660-1850
Part Two: The Calendars and Indexes of Allegations for Marriage Licenses issued by the Faculty Office for the Archbishops of Canterbury, 1534-1850
Complete Collection: 166 fiche in two parts
"The marriage license records at Lambeth Palace Library are of enormous importance in the location of 18th and 19th century marriages throughout England and Wales. Publications of the 34 volumes that calendar and index them will now allow them to take their proper place as a readily consulted genealogical source." -- Jeremy Gibson, leading family historian, Author of The Gibson Genealogical Guides