MyHeritage Added Nord Civil Marriage Records

MyHeritage announced that it has added a robust collection of 5.4 million civil records of marriages from 1792-1937 in the department of Nord. These records are now available in MyHeritage SuperSearch. The collection includes a detailed searchable index created by MyHeritage that is not on other websites.

Nord is the most populous department in all of France. MyHeritage points out that in 1792, after the French Republic was proclaimed, government authorities began collecting civil vital records. After the French Revolution, France adopted a separation of church and state.

Religious marriages, on their own, were no longer considered valid. It became common in French culture for religious families to hold two weddings. First was the civil ceremony, which made the marriage legal. The second was a religious marriage ceremony. Civil officials recorded the marriages they performed in a prescribed paragraph format that was bound in a book and kept in the registrar’s office.

In the France, Nord Civil Marriages, 1792-1937 collection, you will find details about the bride, groom, and their families, including the names of the bride and groom, their birth dates, birthplaces, marriage date and location, and the names of the bride’s and groom’s parents – including their mothers’ surnames. Additional information about the death of one or more of the parents, along with witness names and details, often with recorded relationships to the bride and groom, can also be found.

The collection also includes scanned images of every record. The records are handwritten and can be difficult to read. MyHeritage highlighted the areas of the documents in which the names are mentioned. Their scanned images are in a resolution that is higher than that found on some other sources.

The newly added France, Nord Civil Marriages, 1792-1937 collection is the first in a series of new French collections to be added to SuperSearch. The Nord Birth and Death Index collection will be coming to MyHeritage soon.

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