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Answers to Genealogy FAQs - Marriage Register Codes

The marriage register codes are the numbers that were assigned to the various churches and register offices throughout England and Wales as found in the index of births, marriages and deaths at the Local Registrar's offices. These numbers do not apply to the registrations once those have been forwarded on for capitulation to the Office of National Statistics at Kew, Surrey. The most readily accessible marriage register codes of which I am aware relate to those assigned throughout Kent, England and can be found in the entries indexed on the Kent Registration web site at

Kent Registration Services

Please note Kent does not now include the Medway towns of Chatham, Gillingham, and Rochester; or, the London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich all of which hold their own records going back to the 1st July 1837. Also, please note that the above website does not yet have the indexes to all events going back to 1 July 1837 uploaded.

By way of example, the following marriage was found on the Kent Registration Services website:

Name:  STREETER, Mary, A.

Year Of Marriage  1865

Entry Number  191

Register  62/1

Note the Register code of 62/1.

There are two different websites that have Excel files containing an index to the marriage register codes. The first link includes the SS31/3 code, which represents events that occurred specifically at The Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Sexburgha church on Minster, Sheppey.

The second link also is to an Excel file containing marriage register codes but, in some respects, is not as complete as the first. Yet, in others, it is more complete. For instance, it contains the register office codes, in particular SMILT for Sittingbourne, Milton Register Office. The numeral 9 would refer to the book in use at the time of the marriage.

Faded Genes website

Our marriage register code of 62/1 from the above example does not appear in the Excel file on the Faded Genes website. However, from the surrounding register codes I can deduce that the marriage likely occurred in the Canterbury and Swale registration district.

http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/famhistory/KentRegCodes.xls

Our marriage register code of 62/1 from our example does appear in the Excel file on the above website. However, from the inclusion in that Excel file of register 60, noted as being Canterbury, St. Alphage, and the inclusion of register 63, noted as being Canterbury, St. Gregory the Great, one can deduce that the marriage took place at a church within Canterbury city.

The codes used to denote the places of registration of births and deaths are not included on either of the above two websites.

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