Shropshire Marriage Indexes
Boyd's Marriage Index
Covers the period 1538 to 1812, or in a few cases about 1840, but only for those parishes and those periods which are included in the printed registers of Shropshire published by the Shropshire Parish Register Society in the early 1900s. The index is available at the Shropshire Record Office, Shrewsbury or the Society of Genealogists, (SoG) London. Since August 2002 it is also available through the British Origins website.
Commenced in 1819, the index includes about half of the Shropshire parishes for the period 1790-1812 (and just a few to 1837 or even later) but most of these are covered to a greater extent by Boyd's above although there is some additional coverage. The original slips are owned by The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, but it is now available on CD from various sources, and for online searches at Ancestry.com.
N.B.: it appears to contain only surnames beginning with letter 'W' for outside Central London.
Combined Marriage Index
Information is provided below on the Lewis and Gwynne marriage indexes. On the death of the compilers of both these lists, the indexes were then given to the Shropshire Family History Society, and passed on to Chris Potter for incorporation with his south Shropshire Marriage index. The result has been the combined production of a CDRom of nearly 60,000 Shropshire marriages 'incorporating data from the Gwynne, Lewis and Potter Indexes'. This index can be obtained from the Shropshire FHS. Added Oct. 2009.
This index was compiled by the late Maurice G. Lewis and covers the period 1750 to 1812 for all those parishes which are not already covered by Boyd's, and includes full details of the marriage as outlined in the Parish Registers. In addition the index incorporates over 5,000 'strays' i.e. Salopian's who married outside Shropshire - these are for any date up to 1837. Widows, where identified as such in the P.Rs., and girls who married away from their own parish are also indexed, but girls who married in their own parish are not indexed separately. See the Combined Marriage Index above.
Covers the period 1813 to 1837 for all parishes in existence at that time. It is compiled from Original Registers, or Bishops Transcripts where the original is no longer available. The index was commenced in March 1978 by Mr Richard Gwynne and following his death soon afterwards was continued by his brother, Mr Robert Gwynne. See the Combined Marriage Index above.
North Wales Marriage Index
This is mainly for North Wales counties but also includes the following Shropshire Parishes in the north west of the county:- Chirbury, Clive, Cockshutt, Criftins, Dudleston, Ellesmere, Halston, Hordley, Kinnerley, Knockin, Llanyblodwel, Llanymynech, Melverley, Oswestry, St. Martin's, Selattyn, Welshampton, Wem, Weston, Whittington. Details from:-
Pen y Bryn
BMSGH Marriage and Banns Index
The Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry produced records of marriages from many parishes in the County of Shropshire. Previously held by the FFHS site, Family History Online, these are now held on the Findmypast website.
If a marriage cannot be located in any of the above it might be worth consulting the Shropshire Family History Society Strays Index. This may be searched online via the Shropshire FHS website.
The Lewis and Gwynne Indexes are both complete for the periods shown above so together with the Boyd Index this should mean that any marriage which took place in Shropshire between 1750 and the start of civil registration in 1837 will be included in one of the above indexes.
Mr Lewis had done some work on the period 1700 to 1750 before his death (commencing in the Market Drayton area and then extending in a radius outwards) but that had only been started shortly before his death and is far from complete. As of July 1990 seventeen parishes were complete for this period. These are mainly, but not entirely, in the north east of Shropshire. There are just a few entries pre-1700, but not many.
Any request for details from a marriage index should be sent direct to the appropriate index holder.
Do not forget that if your ancestors lived near the county boundary you may benefit from consulting a marriage index from an adjoining county.
All Montgomeryshire Marriages from the start of registers to 1837 (about 43,000) have been indexed. The Index was compiled by Mr T.E. Gwynne.
The following information is included: Surname & Forename of Groom and Bride, their place of abode if not the place of marriage, the date and place of the marriage. Each Parish is allocated a reference number which is used to reference the Parish. There is a Printed copy at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth and it has been filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah.
[This page was produced from text supplied by Michael J Hulme of the Shropshire Family History Society]
[Page created by Alan Stanier, updated 23 May 2004 by David Hawgood, and updated again October 2009 by Mel Lockie.]