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Boyd's Marriage Index on Microfiche


Boyd's Marriage Index, begun by Percival Boyd in the 1920s and covering the period 1538 to 1837, was compiled from English parish registers, bishops' transcripts, and marriage licenses in sixteen counties. Since only about one third of the parishes are represented, however, this compilation it is incomplete, having less than sixteen percent of all English marriages for that period. The microfilm publication consists of three parts: Boyd's Marriage Index (microfiche 94/2144), arranged by county with records of brides and grooms; Boyd's Marriage Index, 1538-1837, Second Series (microfiche 94/2143), and Boyd's Marriage Index, 1538-1837, 3rd Series (microfiche 94/2147), both arranged by bride and groom. The second and third series are sometimes referred to as the miscellaneous series. These indexes are useful in determining the date and place of a marriage as well as the particular parish in which it occurred. They may also help in estimating the frequency of a surname in a particular geographical area, or to identify the place of origin of someone who married in England before emigrating to North America or elsewhere.

The microfiche at the Library of Congress was reproduced from a copy at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City which, in turn, was made from the original Boyd's Marriage Index at the Society of Genealogists in London. Several editions of A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index have been published by the Society, so it is well to consult the Library of Congress computer catalog to determine the most recent one. These Lists also provide some detailed and useful information about the Index.

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