JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: What are banns? #general

Harold Pollins <pollins@...>

A bann is a proclamation of marriage. My family tree CD refers to banns in
the section on certificates. But I have only heard of their usage in
connection with Christian marriage where the banns are read in church three
times before the wedding ceremony.

Perhaps everyone in Poland was required to undertake the exercise?

Harold Pollins
Oxford England

On my gg-grandparent's marriage certificate, it is written:

"... declared that before them today (sixteenth day of February)
was performed a religious marriage between "a" and "b", which was
preceded by three banns, ...

What were these banns? Where can I find more information about this?

Sandra Lilienthal
MODERATOR'S NOTE: I believe the reading of banns in the parish churches of
both parties replaced the need for a licence >from whatever state authority
was responsible. They were an announcement of the parties intention to
marry and allowed anyone objecting to the marriage an opportunity to voice
that objection (presumably not in the church) prior to marriage. The
wedding usually took place the week after the third reading. Banns expired
either 3 or 6 months after the last reading.

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