Historic Marriage Authorisations 1880-1922

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. 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.

These document are issued by the Office of the Chief Rabbi. They are not the certificates of marriage available from the different Registrar General’s departments which operate within the United Kingdom.

These records do not contain entries from the following religious authorities:-

The Jewish Community in Ireland, subsequent to the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922

The Federation of Synagogues since 1966

The Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations

The Sephardic congregations

The Reform and Liberal movements

Religious ceremonies conducted in the presence of a representative of the local Superintendent Registrar’s office, when the event is entered directly into their register.

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 Authorisation?
  • 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 Authorisation 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 marriageenquiries@theus.org.uk.


Search Notes

  1. When searching, use both first and last names.
  2. 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.