Every wedding that takes place in England or Wales is certified and recorded in the Marriage Index, collated by the General Register Office (GRO). The Marriage Index contains all registered marriages from 1984-2005. The index is in addition to the two other GRO datasets we hold, Birth Index and Death Index.
All comprehensive tracing facilities will incorporate a Marriage Index search, as it holds key information that can be used to increase the productivity of tracing exercises. Marriage Index records have many applications when attempting to trace people. A crucial piece of information held in Marriage Index records is a wife’s maiden name. If a tracing agent has the maiden name of a female, the Marriage Index search in our people tracing tool will allow them to ascertain her married name and will also automatically trace her present location. This can also be used in reverse, to trace the wife’s family and further the tracing process.
The Marriage record search will assist in locating estranged partners, and prove an invaluable source of information. Likewise, if there are children from a previous marriage, combining the Marriage Index and Birth Index searches may provide their names. The children are likely to know where the subject is and locating them will most probably boost the success of your investigations.