Each record is a transcript of original records. The amount of information contained sometimes varies but you can usually find the following out about your ancestor:
Their spouse’s name
Whether either of them had previously been married
The date of the marriage
The place of the marriage
There are 25,904 records covering the years between 1754 and 1950. The records are sourced from a variety of parish and probate records and are not intended to be a complete record of every Essex marriage within the time period.
Banns of marriage are a public announcement in a Christian church of a couple’s intention of marriage. They were usually read out on three consecutive Sundays in both the bride’s and the groom’s parish to allow anyone with a legal impediment towards the marriage to come forward. Impediments would usually cover a pre-existing marriage, a vow of celibacy, a lack of consent or a prohibited degree of kinship between bride and groom. After the Marriage Act of 1753 banns were required to be noted in their own register.
Essex is in the south east of England, just north of London. The county now forms part of the Metropolitan Green Belt and lies just beyond Greater London. The original Kingdom of Essex, founded by Saxon King Aescwine in AD 527, lay to the north of the River Thames and east of the River Lee.