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Family tree: guide to marriage certificates

How to use the General Register Office to find marriage certificates when researching your family tree and family history.


Guide to marriage certificates

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This guide explains:

  • how to find your ancestors’ marriage certificates
  • how much it costs to order a marriage certificate
  • what information you’ll find on a marriage certificate
  • how to order marriage certificates online, by phone or by post

The guide also includes tips on what to do if you can’t find your ancestors in the General Register Office’s public index of every marriage recorded in England and Wales since 1837.

Published 22 January 2016