Find your ancestors in Buckinghamshire banns index

Search the Buckinghamshire banns index for the announcement of your ancestor’s engagement. A banns announcement proclaimed to the parish a couple’s intention to marry. The record reveals your ancestor’s intended spouse’s name and residence.

Every result will provide a transcript of the key details found in the original banns records. The information in each can vary, but most will include the following items:

  • Name
  • Sex
  • Residence
  • Banns year
  • Banns date
  • Marriage year
  • Denomination
  • Place and county
  • Spouse’s first name
  • Spouse’s residence
  • Country
  • Event type
  • Archive and reference

The Buckinghamshire banns index was created by Findmypast from original parish registers and bishop’s transcripts held by the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies. In the Church of England, each parish was responsible for maintaining registers of all vital events from 1538. Banns are a public announcement of a couple’s intention to marry. Banns are performed three times, on three separate Sundays, in the three months before the couple’s wedding day. The existence of a banns record does not confirm that a marriage took place. Search the Buckinghamshire marriage index for the marriage record to confirm the marriage.

Buckinghamshire is in South East England. The largest town is Milton Keyes. The county is home to Chequers, the country house of the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, as well as the Chiltern Hills, officially An Area of Outstanding Beauty. For a full list of all the Buckinghamshire parishes available in this collection, consult the Buckinghamshire index parish list.