Implications of Hardwicke’s Marriage Act in Genealogical Research Webinar with John Wintrip Recording Available Posted 29 January 2024 by Julie GoucherThe Earl of Hardwicke, Portrait by William Hoare, Wikipedia, Creative Commons This talk was about marriage (in England and Wales) from a genealogical perspective in the period from the Restoration (1660) to the introduction of Civil Registration (1837), with particular reference to the implications of Hardwicke’s Marriage Act of 1753. Topics to be discussed include: Anglican canon law in relation to marriage; why an Act of Parliament was thought necessary; marriage registers before and after the Act (which did not require the introduction of printed registers as is commonly supposed); the content of marriage entries before and after the Act, including variations in what was recorded; the recording of consent in relation to marriages of minors; how the newly married bride signed the register after 1754; where marriages were supposed to take place and where actually took place, both before and after the Act; changes resulting from George Rose’s Act of 1812. Also covered, in particular, variations in practice, and ‘peculiarities’, particularly in relation to marriage records and place of marriage, that people might come across in their own research. John Wintrip – used with permission John Wintrip began researching his ancestry in the 1990s, when little was available online. He subsequently decided to become a professional genealogist, was awarded an IHGS Diploma in 2008, and became a Member of AGRA in 2009. Since retiring from paid research for clients, John has turned his attention to investigating aspects of the history of records used in genealogical research that have received little attention from genealogists, archivists or historians. This webinar was available to both members and non-members, but registration was essential. The webinar recording and handout is to be available to Registered Individuals ONLY and then, once the recording is uploaded it will be available for registered individuals for two weeks. An email has been sent out to all registered individuals containing the link to the recording and the handout. The recording will be available to members only from 1 March 2024, as will the handout.