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The Staffordshire parish marriage registers contain over 638,723 records from 213 different parishes in the West Midland county. Some of the earlier records in this set contain the details of marriages that took place as early as 1538, a number of which are written in Latin.

Parish marriage registers were kept by the church and often list the parents of the bride and groom – information that is key to getting your research back another generation.

The amount of information included can vary, but the records usually contain the full names of the bride and groom, their religious denomination, their ages, home parishes and the date of their wedding. In some cases the records can also include the names of any witnesses (often family members), the names and occupations of the bride’s and groom’s parents, the occupation of the groom, the couple’s previous marital condition and the name of the officiating minister.