Find your ancestors in Cambridgeshire banns

Discover the banns of couples read in almost 75 parishes in Cambridgeshire, England, between 1653 and 1979. Piece together your ancestor’s history from the full names of the bride and groom, their residences, and the date of banns.

Each record comprises a transcript of the original parish register of the marriage banns. The amount of information included varies, but the Cambridgeshire banns records usually include the following information about your ancestor:

  • Bride’s first name
  • Bride’s last name
  • Groom’s first name
  • Groom’s last name
  • Bride’s residence
  • Groom’s residence
  • Bride’s marital status
  • Groom’s marital status
  • Date of banns
  • Parish
  • County
  • Country

Some records may also include other details. Further details may include:

  • Bride’s age
  • Groom’s age
  • Occupation of bride or groom
  • Date of marriage

The record set comprises over 108,950 records from almost 75 parishes in the county of Cambridgeshire.

These records date from 1653 to 1979.

There are no images accompanying these transcripts.


An ancient legal tradition, banns are an announcement in church of a couple’s intention to marry. The reading of the banns provides an opportunity for anybody to put forward a reason why the marriage may not lawfully take place. Banns must be read in the parish (or parishes) in which the couple lives and in the parish they will marry, on three Sundays in the three months before the wedding.


The modern county of Cambridgeshire was formed in 1974 from the counties of Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely, and Huntingdon and Peterborough. Cambridge is its county town.