Did your ancestor get married on the Isle of Man? The records span four centuries and will show your ancestor’s marriage place and date, denomination, and parents’ names, which will add a whole new generation to your family tree.
In this collection, you will find both civil marriage registrations and church marriage records. The details found in each transcript depends on both the age of the record and the type of event. Below is a list of what you may find in each type of record.
Church marriage records
Spouse’s marital status
Spouse’s father’s name
Residence and County
Civil marriage registration
The records in this collection include both church marriage records transcribed by FamilySearch and an index to the civil registration of marriages created by Denise Killen. The Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom, instead it is a self-governing dependency, and therefore the Isle of Man civil registrations are separate from the registrations of England & Wales.
The Isle of Man is located in the Irish Sea between the coastlines of Northern Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland. Their parliament, Tynwald, claims to be one of the oldest governing bodies in the world. It was first created in 979 AD. The country has a strong Celtic and Viking history. Natives of Isle of Man are called Manx, which is also the name of their native Gaelic language.
While searching for your ancestors, remember to search Findmypast’s newspapers. You will find thousands of pages from the Isle of Man Times. Some weddings were featured in the paper and you may reveal vivid details about your ancestor’s wedding day. For example, in June 1898, the Isle of Man Times covered the marriage of Constance Amenaide Adelaide McCammon and Charles George Wightman. The marriage record shows they were married at Kirk Braddan parish on 6 June 1898. However, the newspaper brings the whole day to life for us by describing everyone’s attire, naming everyone in the bridal party and recounting the general atmosphere on the day. We find out that, ‘the bride, who was given away by her father, wore a wedding gown of cream foulard, trimmed with mousseline de soie and pearl passementerie, in which she looked charming.’ The reporter wrote, ‘the bride’s mother looked extremely well in a gown of rich black Moire antique, relieved with cream, with jabot and ruffles of fine old point; her good bonnet being trimmed with pink chiffon, cut jet and cream tips.’
You can order original certificates from all the transcripts generated from the civil registration index created by Denise Killen. These are the transcripts that list the registration year, registration district, entry and page number.
If you want to order a certificate, you will need to contact the Isle of Man General Registry either in person or online. A link to their website is available in Useful Links and Resources and the address can be found below.
The Douglas Civil Registry Office
Isle of Man