Monday, February 14, 2011 Surrey & York Marriages, National Wills Index

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British Record Society Probate Record Collection live on the National Wills Index. PLUS new Marriage records on British Origins:

*Surrey Marriage Index
*York Marriage Bonds and Allegations Index

------------------------------------------------ introduces the British Record Society (BRS) Probate Collection to its National Wills Index!

Covering over 500 years, this new, growing collection makes it much easier to find your ancestors wills.

The BRS probate indexes show the names and dates of several million wills and other probate documents. Most of this data is unavailable anywhere else online.

This collection provides exclusive online access to BRS indexes and other probate collections via a `Google-like' search. From the search results you can view images of the original indexes to find all the information you need to locate the original documents in record offices.

Over time, as the BRS volumes are indexed individually on the National Wills Index, users will be able to order hard copies of the wills online, and eventually be able to access the documents themselves.

NEW! Surrey and York Marriage records on British Origins

These two new marriage indexes are only available online on British Origins.

Surrey Marriage Records: 1500–1846
This index, kindly made available by West Surrey Family History Society, covers nearly 270,000 marriages - ie 540,000 brides and grooms - for the whole of rural Surrey, portions of Metropolitan Surrey, some Middlesex parishes, and strays from all over the UK, especially London, Middlesex and Sussex.

The Index is complete for Surrey up to 1837 except some Metropolitan parishes – it contains all the parishes of West and rural East Surrey. There are also a substantial number (43,000) of entries from Middlesex parishes for the period 1813-1837 derived from a slip index created by Cliff Webb for this period.

York Marriage Bonds & Allegations Index: 1613–1839
This Index to The Dean and Chapter of York's Marriage Bonds and Allegations (Applications for marriage without Banns), covers over 150,000 marriage licences (over 300,000 names).

The Archbishop of York granted marriage licences for the Diocese of York and the remainder of the Northern province when more than one jurisdiction was involved.

Information in the marriage bonds includes the couple's names and the date on which the bond was taken out. Originally the bonds were completed in Latin and English. After 1753, when the use of English was enforced for all legal documents, a printed form was introduced for marriage allegations, which shows ages, parishes and the church named for the ceremony. Bonds were no longer taken out after 1823 but allegations were kept.

You can order copies of the original documents online, at British Origins.

Subscriptions to start from as little as £8 for Origins Total Access, which includes not only British Origins and the National Wills Index but also access to Irish Origins.

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