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The Devon marriage registers were made and kept by the Church. There are over 1.5 million marriage records in the Devon registers, many of which list the parents of the bride and groom. These details are often the key to discovering names for the previous generation.

The amount of information included can vary, but the records usually contain the full names of the bride and groom, their ages, their home parishes and the date of their wedding. Some later records include the names of witnesses (often family members), the names and occupations of the bride’s and groom’s parents, the occupation of the groom, and the couple’s previous marital condition.