Search the Durham bishop’s transcripts for your English ancestor’s marriage record. Marriage records can provide you with your ancestor’s marriage date, marriage place, and your ancestor’s father’s name. The Diocese of Durham’s boundaries changed over the years. Use the Durham Bishop’s Transcripts parish lists to see all the parishes available within these records.
You can view the original records alongside a typed transcript of the vital facts about the marriage. The amount of information in each transcript will vary due to the age of the record and the details recorded at the time of the event. You may find the following facts:
Spouse’s birth year
Spouse’s father’s name
By licence or banns
Register year range
We always recommend viewing the original image as it may contain additional notes.
From 1598, every parish was required to create bishop’s transcripts. These were abbreviated copies of the parish’s registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials. These copies were sent to the bishop. They are a valuable resource, particularly if the original parish registers have not survived. For a full list of the parishes available in this collection you can consult the Durham Bishop’s Transcripts parish lists in the Useful links and resources section.
The original bishop’s transcripts from Durham are held at the Durham University Library. They were photographed by Family Search and have now been transcribed and index by Findmypast.