York Parish Registers, Introduction: Important Indexes.

Colin Blanshard Withers'
Yorkshire Parish Registers




As well as individual parish transcripts and indexes being listed, the following important wider-area transcripts and indexes have also been included:

Loomes' Yorkshire Marriage Index (LYMI)

This huge index of Yorkshire marriages was donated to the Society of Genealogists in November 1994. Compiled by Brian Loomes over a ten year period when Brian was a professional genealogist, the index is by groom only. The files and notebooks that make up the collection are partly typescript, partly manuscript. Some have been indexed, others are awaiting indexing.

Joiner Marriage Index (JM1)

This database started as an index to cover the years 1813-1837 for the southern part of County Durham where the parishes had not been covered by Boyd's Marriage Index. It was then extended to cover the years 1800-1812 for non-Boyd County Durham parishes and then on to North Yorkshire 1813-1837 where Boyd is thinly represented, and Northumberland. Gradually, the index evolved into a database and has been accepting marriages for all dates from a number of parishes. At present, it contains details of over 265,000 marriages, in 297 different parishes. The bulk of material is taken from transcripts although the non-Boyd sections of Durham and North Yorkshire are from the original registers. Currently, the index contains marriages from ninety-seven Yorkshire parishes.

The index may be searched on-line through Paul's WWW homepage.

East Yorkshire Marriage Index (EYMI)

The East Yorkshire Marriage Index is a private unpublished index with entries from the East Riding for the period 1754-1837. It contains some entries from almost all parishes and chapelries where registers survive in the above period. It is not a computer index. Each entry shows the year of the marriage, names of bride and groom, whether either were widowed, and the name of the parish. There is an entry for the bride as well as the groom.

To consult the index please send any information which would help to identify the couple, e.g. Christian name of bride, date and place of baptism/birth of known children, and any other parishes with which they had connections. Requests for specific marriages are free of charge, but a S.A.E. is essential. If something useful is found then a donation towards running costs is always appreciated: stamps, Scottish £l notes, dollar bills, or sterling cheques made payable to P. M. Pattinson.


Mrs. Penelope Pattinson
250 Longridge Road
Grimsargh, Preston
Lancs. PR2 5AQ

Archdeaconry of Doncaster Marriage Index (ADMI)

Another very imporlant index covering the whole of the Archdeaconry of Doncaster. The Index contains both parties, and shows widows or widowers, if by banns or license, and gives the full date and parish. The Index is complete 1754-1837, with many parishes going back to the start of registers, and is on-going.

Consulting the Index is free for a specific marriage, but donations towards running costs are very welcome, and a S.A.E. is essential. Contact:

Linda Peabody
22 Horsehills Lane
Armthorpe, Doncaster
South Yorks, DN3 3ET

York Marriage Index (YMI)

The Marriage Index covers the twenty-three Church of England parishes in York and York Minster, and includes two marriages discovered in the Bedern Chapel Baptism Register. The alphabetical index is of male surname only, and information contained is male and female names and surnames; date of marriage and parish.

For further details about the index, please contact:

The City of York & District Family History Society
The Secretary, Mrs. Janet Wilson
4 Chestnut Avenue, Stockton Lane
York, Y03 OBR
(Enclosing SAE or 2 IRCs please).

Boyd's Marriage Index (Yorkshire part) (BML)

Boyd's Marriage Index (BMI) is an index of marriages, in England only, taken from marriage registers, bishop's transcripts, marriage licenses, registers of banns, and from publications such as the Gentleman's Magazine. This index, although very valuable, should not be relied upon too heavily. Many 'marriages' in it did not in fact take place. While doing research on my own family tree I found a very interesting 'marriage' in Boyd's of Elz. W. Blanchard and Tho. S. Hamblin, Newcastle St. Andrew, Northumberland, in 1821. After visiting Newcastle, and searching the registers of St. Andrew several times, I failed to find the marriage. I then tried the banns register, and there it was, called only once. It was only then that I realised that Boyd contained entries of banns, and of course not all banns resulted in a marriage, as in this case, and the same is true for marriage licenses. Conversely, where marriages are taken from bishop's transcripts, which are usually full of gaps, it could be the case that only 50%, or even less, of the marriages in a parish 'covered' by Boyd have been recorded. So do treat the references to Boyd with some caution.

Copies of Boyd's Marriage Index may be seen at:

York Reference Library
Museum Street, York, YOl 2DS
(For Yorkshire only).

Society of Genealogists.
14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC 1M 7BA
(For the whole country).

Pallot's Marriage Index

Principally concerned with London parishes, this Marriage Index also contains entries relating to Yorkshire. It is housed at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, Northgate, Canterbury, Kent. Unfortunately, it is not open to inspection by either members of the public, or to Members of the Institute. Search fees are rather high, but fortunately almost all of the Yorkshire parishes it covers are either in print, or have been extracted onto the IGI. The Yorkshire parishes for which the Pallot Marriage Index has some coverage (mainly 1790-1812) are as follows:

  • East Riding:
    • Askham Richard; Aughton; Blacktoft; Brantingham; Burton Fleming; Huggate; Kirk Ella; Settrington; South Cave; Winestead; Wintringham; York, Holy Trinity, Goodramgate; York, Holy Trinity, King's Court; York, St Lawrence; York, St Martin, Coney Street; York, St Mary Bishophill Junior; York, St Maurice; York, St Olave.

  • North Riding:
    • Cayton; Danby in Cleveland; Easingwold; East Rounton; Eston; Great Ayton; Grinton; Ingleby Greenhow, Kilburn; Kirby Hill; Kirkleatham; Kirklington; Manfield; Marske in Cleveland; Masham; Northallerton; Pickhill; Roxby; Scarborough; Sessay; Terrington.

  • West Riding:
    • Aberford; Addingham; Adel; Allerton Mauleverer; Arncliffe; Austerfield; Barwick' in Elmet; Bentham; Bolton Abbey; Bolton by Bowland; Brodsworth; Burnsall; Carleton Juxta Snaith; Chapel le Dale; Clayton with Frickley; Conistone; Copgrove; Cowthorpe; Crofton; Darrington; Doncaster; Emley; Farnham; Felkirk; Fewston; Garforth; Gargrave; Halton Gill; Hampsthwaite; Harewood; Harlshead; Headingley; Hemsworth; Hooton Pagnell; Horbury; Hubberholme; Ilkley; Ingleton; Kippax; Ledsham; Linton; Maltby; Methley; Rotherham; Rothwell; Rylstone; Saddleworth; Saxton in Elmet; Sedbergh; Skipton; Thornhill; Thornton in Lonsdale; Waddington; Weston.
  • The parishes in italics are the only ones for which the Pallot Marriage Index is a unique source for some years.

Consolidated Indexes at NYRO (CONSI)

The North Yorkshire County Record Office has generated some superb consolidated indexes to various areas in North Yorkshire. The parishes within each area are normally indexed for all events, from the start of the deposited registers until 1837. Bishop's transcripts have not been used, only original registers. The areas completed so far are:

Coastal Area: Fylingdales; Hinderwell; Lythe; Roxby; Whitby. Hambleton Hills Area: Cowesby; East Harlsey; Felixkirk; Ingleby Arncliffe; Kilburn; Kirby Knowle; Kirby Sigston; Leake; Osmotherly; Over Silton. Ryedale Area: Ampleforth; Bilsdale; Cold Kirby; Gilling; Harome; Hawnby; Helmsley; Nunnington; Old Byland; Osbaldwick; Scawton; Stonegrave. Swaledale Area: Arkengarthdale; Downholme; Grinton; Marrick; Marske; Muker.

The series is ongoing.

Richmondshire Civil Marriages, 1653-1660, YPRS 101

During the Commonwealth, Parliament passed an Act limiting the conducting of marriages to Justices of the Peace. Only the more affluent parishes could afford to pay this extra official, Richmond being one such parish, so from 1653-1660 the register records marriages from all over Richmondshire, not only from Richmond itself.
The above copyright data was taken from the book
Yorkshire Parish Registers
and was presented to Genuki by the author:
Colin Blanshard Withers.