What can these records tell me?

Each record comprises a transcript of the original register. The amount of information listed varies, but the records usually include a combination of the following information about your ancestor:
  • First name(s)
  • Last name
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Groom’s first name(s)
  • Groom’s last name
  • Groom’s occupation
  • Groom’s residence
  • Groom’s parish
  • Bride’s first name(s)
  • Bride’s last name
  • Bride’s marital status
  • Bride’s residence
  • Bride’s parish
  • Church
  • How married
  • Register number
  • County
Parish registers
    In 1538, following the split with the Roman Catholic Church, it was decreed that each parish priest must keep a weekly register of baptisms, marriages, and burials. A fine was put in place for failure to comply, and from 1733, entries had to be written in English instead of Latin. Parish registers are an important resource in researching your family tree, as the census and official records of births, marriages, and deaths only go back as far as 1837, when civil registration began.
    Halifax is a Minister town, an honorific name given to certain churches in England. It lies within the metropolitan borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire. Halifax Minister is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Included in these records are Yorkshire and Yorkshire (West Riding). Yorkshire is a historic county in Northern England, the largest in Britain. The West Riding of Yorkshire is one of three historic subdivisions of the county.
ParishDate range
Illingworth, St Mary1697-1934
Luddenden, St Mary1661-1942
Sowerby Bridge, Christ Church1717-1753