Marriage - historical searches
Find out how to search for old marriage, birth and death information from the year 1837 to the present day.
Each Register Office within Northumberland keeps the original
Births, Deaths and Marriages Registers for its own District from
1837 to the present day.
However, some marriage registers used by the Church of England
or other places of worship may not have been completed and
registers will remain at the church. If we do not hold your entry
we will return your application, supplying the name and address of
the person who does.
How to Apply for a Historical Search
Details required to fill out an application:
- Name of church, chapel or Register Office
- Date of wedding
- Name of one or both the parties married
If the entry is not held at our Register Office we will try to
advise on the Registration District that may hold the entry.
Once you have determined the record you require, you can apply
for the certificate by: -
- Writing with the details, enclosing a stamped addressed
envelope and a cheque or postal order payable to Northumberland
- For applications from abroad, payment should be in Pound
Sterling by a cheque drawn with a UK address on the cheque,
accompanied by international reply paid coupons.
- In person at the Register Office, where you will fill out an
application form and pay the appropriate fee.
The current fee for a copy of a Marriage certificate is
Often, these applications can take longer to find. The
information we require is as follows: -
- Name of one or both parties married
- Year, quarter and district
- Precise church or parish where it took place
If you are intent on doing some detailed family research our
Register Offices do have the facility to allow personal searches,
however this is by appointment only, and a charge will be levied
for this facility.
The current charge is £18.00 for 6 hours.
If you are unsure about certain information there are other
avenues you can explore before contacting the Register Office,
- The Family Records Centre, 1, Myddleton Street, London
- The Census - these are available to the public 1801-1901
- Parish Registers
- Bishop's Transcripts - from approximately 1600 onwards
- Inscriptions on gravestones
The above list is not exhaustive, and each individual Register
Office will attempt to help you. Furthermore, Northumberland have
their own Archive Office at:
Queen Elizabeth II Country Park,
Tel: 01670 528080