Depending on the country of origin and the date of the wedding, the information contained in the marriage certificate can vary greatly. For the most part however, it should at least show the participants place of birth, their age at marriage, the date of the marriage and sometimes their parents’ names.
The marriage certificate is an amazing document for family historians because, even with this limited information, you now have the opportunity to find the birth certificates of the couple getting married (from which you can gain even more information about the parents and any siblings) as well as move back one generation with the parents information.
In Australia, which this form is based on, we are extremely lucky in that the marriage certificate contains information that is considered priceless to the family historian.
However, even if you are researching someone who was not married in Australia, this certificate can still be extremely useful as a way of documenting information about a marriage as the relevant information becomes available through your ongoing research.
What is in it?
1 . Chart Details
- Parish or Church District,
- Certificate Number
2. Marriage Details
- Marriage Number,
- When and Where Married,
- Conjugal Condition,
- Date of Deceased former partner if widowed,
- Date of Order of Absolute (if Divorced),
3. Children Details
- Children by Each Former Marriage Living/Dead,
4. Participant Information
- Name and Surname of Each Party,
- Residence of each Party,
- Parents Name.
5. Miscellaneous Information
- Marriage Location,
- Minister Name,
- Date of Marriage.