The records include an image of the original marriage register book and a transcript of your ancestor’s entry. The details in the record can vary due to when the marriage took place, the location and condition of the original source.
The transcripts may include:
The image may give you further information such as:
Originally marriage records were kept in a single volume along with baptisms and burials. The events were listed chronically throughout the volume with minimal detail. Marriage records were not separated into their own volume until 1754 with the passing of Hardwick’s Marriage Act. At that time it became a requirement to record the marital status of the bride and groom and whether the marriage was solemnised by banns or by licence. Later Church of England started to use pre-printed register books to keep the parish records. In 1837 Civil Registration was introduced and couples were no longer obligated to wed within an Anglican Church. Only Quakers and Jews had previously been exempt from this obligation.
The county of Hertfordshire lies in southern England and includes much of the northern and central areas of the London Borough of Barnet. The county town is Hertford. Many examples of Neolithic, Bronze Age and Roman remains have been discovered in Hertfordshire and there are a number of, Roman roads throughout the county. Modern day Hertfordshire is served by a network of rail links and direct roads to London.