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Historic Marriage Authorisation Records 1880 to 1917

We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to order online copies of Marriage Authorisation Certificates for marriages which took place under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Rabbi from 1880 to 1917. This project was a collaboration between The United Synagogue and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain.

Click here to be taken to the Marriage Authorisation search

What are Authorisations?

Granted by The United Synagogue to give permission to a local Rabbi to conduct a marriage ceremony. The Authorisation is granted after the authorities are satisfied that both parties are halachically Jewish or that they have an acceptable Certificate of Conversion.

What information might I see on a marriage Authorisation?
  • The proposed place and date of marriage
  • The Hebrew and English names of the bride and groom
  • Their addresses
  • Their country of origin
  • The Hebrew names of the groom's unmarried brothers and which ones intend to attend the     marriage ceremony
  • Other Miscellaneous information
  • Sometimes these fields are incomplete/illegible
How can I order a Marriage Record?
  • Use the search below.
  • You will need to supply your name and address.
  • A contact email address.
  • Valid credit/debit card information.
  • Payment via WorldPay using MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, JCB or MasterPass.
  • Marriage Authorisations will be sent via email.
 
How much will it cost?
  • £15 for United Synagogue or JGSGB members.
  • £20 for non-members.
Marriage Record Search

For further information about tracing Jewish ancestors please visit the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain or email the JGSGB Genealogical Enquiries Team quoting reference USCRMAC.

For any enquires relating to this search please contact mmarson@theus.org.uk.

Search Notes

  1. For a bridegroom please search by First and Last Name, however the entry of the first name is optional.
  2. or a bride please search using a First Name and Maiden Name or Married Last Name. The entry of the First Name is Mandatory if using her Married Last Name rather than Maiden Name.
  3. In some cases due to illegible handwriting, spellings of names cannot be 100% accurate. Consequently, to assist in searches a Soundex search system is utilised to give alternative options to a required search.