World Archives Project: London, England, Crisp's Marriage Licences Index

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About this project

This is a collection of Marriage Licences from over a dozen London Parishes, spanning from the early 1700s to the late 1800s. There is one Licence per image, and few fields to key. If you are comfortable reading the handwritten text, this should be a very easy project to participate in.

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Marriage Licence

Marriage Licence

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Although the exact format and wording may have changed slightly throughout the years, all Marriage Licence documents look very similar. They have a box in the upper left corner, which may or may not be occupied with a blue piece of paper. The name at the top will be followed by the words similar to: "by Divine Permission, Bishop of London, to our well-beloved in Christ,". After these words, handwritten information of the Groom and Bride is given.

Given

Key the Given name(s) of the Groom with the assistance of the dictionary provided. The Given name consists of the first name or initial and any middle name or initial. If a Given name is not found in the dictionary then key the name as seen. The Groom's name can be found after the words "To our well-beloved in Christ".
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Surname

Enter the Surname of the Groom here as it appears on the image, using the drop-down list to help you. The Groom's name can be found after the words "To our well-beloved in Christ".
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Residence

Key the Residence of the Groom, using the drop-down list to assist you. If the Residence place cannot be found in the drop-down list dictionary, key as seen. The Residence will typically be named after the words "of the Parish of" for the Groom. Enter both the Parish and the County, in that order, separated only by a space. If a district is also included, enter that before the parish, i.e. [District] [Parish] [County]. Do NOT separate localities with a comma or semi colon.
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Spouse Given Name

Key the given name of the Bride as it appears on the record, using the drop-down menu to help. The Bride's name will be found after the Groom's name, residence, and marital status.
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Spouse Surname

Key the Surname of the Bride, using the drop-down dictionary. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key it as seen. The Bride's name will be found after the Groom's name, residence, and marital status.
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Spouse Residence

Key the residence of the Bride, using the drop-down menu to help. If the name of the Residence does not appear in the drop-down dictionary, key as seen. The Residence will typically be named after the words "of the Parish of" for the Bride. Enter both the Parish and the County, in that order, separated only by a space. If a district is also included, enter that before the parish, i.e. [District] [Parish] [County]. Do NOT separate localities with a comma or semi colon.
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Licence Day

The marriage licence date can be found at the bottom of the page, in a sentence that usually begins with "Given under the Seal...". The Day will be handwritten. Key the Day as a number, even if it is spelled out or written as words as such as "first", "second", or "last".
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Licence Month

The marriage licence date can be found at the bottom of the page, in a sentence that usually begins with "Given under the Seal...". The Month will usually be handwritten. Enter the month, spelling it out in full, even if abbreviated on the record.
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Licence Year

The marriage licence date can be found at the bottom of the page, in a sentence that usually begins with "Given under the Seal...". The Year may be typed out or handwritten. It may also be spelled out or written as numbers. Regardless of how it is written, key the year in numeric form only.
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