3,138 marriage bonds issued by the Durham Diocese 1749-1759.
Marriage bonds often provide ages, occupations, and place of residence for the bride and groom during a period when marriage registers did not provide that information. Please read the Marriages Bonds section of the Transcription Samples page for a description of what information is found in bonds, allegations, and associated documents, and how we present that information.
In 1750 & 1751, the bundles (allegations, bonds, affidavits, parent/guardian consents, directions) are in a very bad condition with many parts missing, torn or frayed. Names of some of the parties are missing from some of the bonds. For these years, we have done additional research on possible marriages and in a few cases have identified the missing names. We show these enclosed in square brackets. We have also added brief details (Date, Place) of many actual marriages, which we provide when you purchase a bond. Except for the period 31 Aug – 19 Sep, there are no significant gaps.
The Diocese of Durham covered all of County Durham and parts of Northumberland and North Yorkshire. Marriage bonds were not issued on a per-district basis, so the District filter is ignored when the marriage bond database is searched.
These records are from Ron Nubley’s Index, which we are in the process of integrating into our collection, so when you buy one of these, you will immediately get the brief index entry, and the full entry will be transcribed and emailed to you within 3 days, at which point it becomes part of our database and you can view it again at any time.