Search for Marriage Records in the UK
Marriage records are one of the most accessible record types in the UK. Historical and current data are available from multiple sources. The easiest way to locate marriage records in the UK is online through a private database. Our sponsor, with the search box on the right hand side of this page, is an example of a private database that has marriage records. Marriage records and other vital records are originally recorded by government agencies, and contacting these government agencies is also a good way to obtain marriage records in the UK.
The UK Government website is a great place to start. They have a section dedicated to researching marriages, births, divorces, and other civil records. The webpage you need to access is:
Another excellent source of information is the National Archives. They maintain copies of almost every public record processed by the United Kingdom either in paper form, microfiche, or in a digital format. You can visit their offices at:
The National Archives
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU
The National Archives phone number is 44 20 8857 3444. You may wish to call ahead to verify they have the types of records you are looking for.
Many times, the easiest way to locate marriage records is to avoid the main government offices and go to the regional office. You can find the location of your regional office by visiting our UK Interactive Map.
You can quickly narrow down where to search for regional records using our map. Just click on the area of the map for which you are seeking records.
What makes this site extremely helpful is the maps it provides. You look up the addresses of the regional records locations and it provides you with the proper contact information.
We recommend you start your search online. This helps reduce the time it takes you to locate the marriage records. If that process fails, use the search system listed above to find the regional office near the location of the marriage. They can help you research local and national records in the UK.