Marriage is the social or legal union of two individuals, and may also have a religious component. In many societies, marriage is the first step in forming a family unit and marriages are thus key events to investigate when carrying out family history/genealogy research.

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To what extent would people in the 1800s travel to get married?

I have ancestors from Hull. I have found a marriage certificate that I think is theirs but that places their marriage in Leeds. How likely is it that they would travel all the way to Leeds to get ...
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Inferring date of marriage from dates of marriage banns in Scotland?

This question is related to the answer from @vervet to Seeking marriage record for James Slight and Elizabeth Boyd from late 1820s probably near Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland? I am aware of a ...
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Traded a dollar for a Penney?

My (very...) great grand-father Silas Carpenter married a woman by the name of Phebe Penn(e)y on 27 Mar 1804, likely in Pittstown, New York. There's a family legend that states that Silas used to ...
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Simple way to visualize First Cousin marriage [duplicate]

I came across some blood relations / intra family marriages like first cousin marriages in some of my family history books that I have. They are all documented as text in a family history book, not as ...
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What does huba mean in this Polish Catholic marriage record?

I got my hands on a marriage record from Poland. It's written in Latin. Here's what I divined with the help of Google Translate: Inter Josephem Wojnowski viduam de Bialybrod operanium et ...
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Married couple presented for fornication in Nottinghamshire (1631)?

I have been searching for a marriage for Peter Allicocke and Ann. Peter and Ann had five children: Mary (1631), Elizabeth (1634), Peter (1637), Francis (1641), and Edward (1645-1662). The four ...
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Average age at marriage in Highland Scotland in 18th century

I am seeking the parents of my 3x-great-grandmother, Isabella Colville, who was baptised in 1785 in Invergowrie. According to her baptism record, her father was John Colville. Her eldest sibling ...
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What age was marriage without parental consent available in Wisconsin in 1895?

I have a marriage contract/certificate that I'm a little confused by and was hoping for some help/clarification on. Mamie Price was born on 10 November 1875 in Wisconsin. Birth date is from death ...
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Were marriage certificates, granted after banns, recorded?

In the groom's parish of Bagillt, Flintshire, Wales, the marriage banns was recorded. At the bottom it says "Certificate granted Sept 14th 1835". Would a copy of that certificate have been recorded? ...
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How to find marriage record from just possible year(s) when state archive has no record?

My GG-Grandparents had 8 children, lived in Massachusetts, USA. The Massachusetts Archive has no record of marriage and all I have is that 1st child was born in 1891 (Brockton, MA). My GG ...
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Seeking marriage record for Archibald Kennedy and Catherine Hunter who had child baptized at Aberdeen (Scotland) in 1803?

Is there any records for Archibald Kennedy and Catherine Hunter, parents of South African progenitor John Hunter Kennedy, born about 1803. (He could be from Aberdeen, Scotland). John Hunter ...
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Marriage tax in the Rhineland under Prussian rule

I am searching for marriage taxes or fees that had to be paid in 19th century Rhineland under Prussian rule.
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Locating a Massachusetts marriage record circa 1760 for Robert Gray and Margaret parents of John Gray (b 1763, Worcester MA)

Rice, Franklin P. Page 116 of "Worcester Births, Marriages, and Deaths (Worcester Society of Antiquity, 1894)" has: GRAY, John, s. of Robert, Jr. and Margaret, (born) Aug. 16, 1763. [Baptism ...
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Using lead with discrepancies to break down brickwall?

I have hit a brickwall in my family research but have a possible lead. However, there are some discrepancies in this lead. I have gone to extra-ordinary lengths to research this and I am almost at ...
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If a father's first wife dies and he remarries, is the first wife considered a step-mother?

If a father's first wife dies (with or without children) and he remarries and had kids, is the first wife considered a (deceased) step-mother to the new wife's children, or simply "dad's 1st wife"?
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Was there a special Marriage license for Non-US Citizens in 1925?

My Great Uncle and Aunt sailed from Belfast, Northern Ireland to New York in August 1925. They were married on 25th November 1925 in Philadelphia and i have never been able to obtain a wedding ...
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Day of publication of Church of England marriage banns in 1909

The banns for the marriage of Albert Herbert William Proctor and Julia Ann Coulson were read on the 6th, 13th and 20th October 1908, which were 3 consecutive Tuesdays. According to Lord Hardwick's ...
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UK Marriage Witness Index

In the 1990's, Ted Wildy of New Zealand created an index of marriage witnesses, which had contributions of the names of the witnesses of many marriages in the UK (as well as Australia and New ...
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Finding records prior to 1838 for Malone, Franklin County, NY or St. Lawrence County, NY?

How or where does one find records prior to 1838 for Franklin & St. Lawrence County, NY? Hiram Wheeler Barlow (28 Sep 1820-27 Aug 1876) and his ancestry (parents). It is believed he was born ...
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What were the rules about Massachusetts town marriage intentions ca1811?

They say sex and scandal sells. Maybe an updated question that adds a little of both will spice up and clarify my question. For years I have recorded Massachusetts marriage intentions in my family ...
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Properly recording the marriage/wedding event

Most genealogy software gives you one field for the date of marriage, and one field for the place of marriage. However, there are some complex unions that do not take place on just one day and one ...
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Request for insight into this marriage certificate (transfer?) in the Nordrhein-Westfalen Archive

Thanks in advance for any insight or research suggestions for understanding this record in the Nordrhein-Westfalen Archive (www.archive.nrw.de). At the bottom of this post are my specific questions. ...
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What is the earliest age a boy in England could get married in the 1800s?

My wife has an ancestor named Charles Davies. The 1841 and 1851 Wales censuses as well as his marriage record state that he was born in Flintshire, Wales between 1813 and 1816. A search for his ...
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What are the different type of marriage records used in genealogy research?

I am confused about the different type of marriage records that can be found in my research. I've seen things such as: Bonds Banns Licenses Records Certificates What are the differences between ...
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When did patronymics cease to be used in North Wales?

Searching for the marriage of Griffith Roberts and Jane Pritchard sometime between 1855 (when the groom would have been about 18 and the bride 25) and 1866 in Caernarvonshire, Wales (where they were ...
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What are Marriage Banns and how can I use them in my research?

There are three dates listed on my third great grandfather's 1825 Church of England Parish Register of marriages: Oct 23, Oct 30, and Nov 6 All Saints, Tower Hamlets, London, England Source ...
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Marriage records from early 1900s in Berlin

Four of my mother's great aunts lived in Berlin, Germany some time between 1900 and 1920 or so, and were married there. I do not know their married names, but I do know their maiden name and all their ...