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Marriage certificate of ancestor in Caracas

I am in Europe and have an ancestor who lived in Caracas and married around 1930 to 1940 in Venezuela, most likely in Caracas. He died in 1990. Where can I find his marriage certificate? Can I ...
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What documentary trail should I expect for a bigamous marriage?

There is a story in my family about a cousin who had a child just after WW2 (the cousin is deceased and the child doesn't mind details being made public but they aren't necessary to this question). ...
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Where is the marriage of F. M. Weston/Mason to a Goodman?

My 2x Great Grandmother was Milly Bungay(Bungay/Bungy/Bungey/Mason/Weston). She was born 28th August 1860 in Romsey, Hampshire, England. She died in 1947 which has been recently verified using the ...
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Where is the Marriage of Milly Bungay/Mason/Weston to John Weston?

My 2x Great Grandmother was Milly Bungay(Bungay/Bungy/Bungey/Mason/Weston). She was born 28th August 1860 in Romsey, Hampshire, England. She died in 1945 which has been recently verified using the ...
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Finding online resource for searching Italian records?

From ancestry.co.uk I know I have an Italian Great-Great Grandmother, name Maude Angelina Georgina Antonio, born 1880 Milano, Italy, father Thomas Antonio, married William Elias Barnett in 1899, ...
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What is the spelling of this hand written name?

The 31 Dec 1814 marriage of Moses Ragan and Miss Polly Walker in Nelson, Kentucky, United States shown here states: Know all men by these presents, that we Moses Ragan & Charles Walker are ...
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Does a mother signing a Marriage Contract imply the father is dead?

The 31 Dec 1814 marriage of Moses Ragan and Miss Polly Walker in Nelson, Kentucky, United States shown here states: Know all men by these presents, that we Moses Ragan & Charles Walker are ...
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Confirming parentage of James Scott & Elizabeth Elliot (m.1820?) Burnfoot, Ewes?

How can I confirm parentage of James Scott & Elizabeth Elliot (m.1820?) Burnfoot, Ewes? Elizabeth Elliot may have been the illegitimate daughter 4th Earl Minto. She is my great-great-great ...
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Entering marriage banns into my database – one fact or three?

Most genealogy programs support Marriage Banns facts. In GEDCOM it is the MARB tag, associated with a date and a place. Banns were a: Proclamation or public notice given in church of an intended ...
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What does NFP RC mean in marriage record of Virginia 1799?

I found a book on Ancestry.com that transcribes: EGBERT, Delency & DALE, Sally; bef. 21 Oct 1799; bride was a dau. of Jn. (& Lucy ?) DALE of NFP, RC and a sis. of Reuben DALE; by Oct ...
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Why would Consent of Parents be needed for 1815 marriage between 26 and 33 year olds in Menheniot, Cornwall?

My 3rd great grandparents Joseph Sleep and Ann Geach were married on 26 Jan 1815 at Menheniot, Cornwall, England (see below) “by Banns with Consent of Parents”. I have found baptism records that ...
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How can I find information on a nineteenth century marriage in Denmark?

My grandmother was Inger Marie Larsen (Pedersen). She lived in Norresundby, Denmark in 1883 when my father was born. Her husband was Christian Jensen ( a Gardner) from Hellum, Denmark. I'm looking ...
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Do letters of Ryle Holme mention marriage of Cecil Zohrab Ede in Japan?

I have asked about the marriage of Cecil Zohrab Ede previously: Determining if C.Z. Ede and Kogiku Nagaya were officially married? Record of 1890s UK consular marriage in Japan? I have now found ...
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When have people started keeping Birth, Marriage, and Death records

I know that in more recent times almost every birth, death and marriage was documented and extensive information was often recorded, but when did this become common? For relatively recent genealogy, ...
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Is there an online national repository of marriage documents? [duplicate]

I found an index on ancestry.com for my person that says it came from the U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. The index only gives limited information from the document such as both ...
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Meaning of Latin phrase “matr. contraxerunt” on 1642 Cornwall marriage record?

There is currently the following record (link which is likely to change/break) in the Marriages database of the Cornwall Online Parish Clerks: Day Month 01-Nov Year 1642 ...
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Determining if C.Z. Ede and Kogiku Nagaya were officially married?

It is now almost certain that my great-grandfather is CZEde because my genetic information and the descendants of his mother's family is matched. The relationship between wrote in the past Denmark, ...
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Finding first marriage of William Franklin Greenfield of Patterson, Caldwell County, North Carolina, USA?

1I have been researching my Great-Grandfather, William Franklin Greenfield for many years and this is the timeline I have for him: William was born around 1854 or so. William was married to my ...
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Was she really a Lark?

I'm looking at the marriage record for a Charles Bundy Lark. The information from Family Search reports the following: Name Charles Bunell Lark Spouse's Name Rebecca Moore Event Date 03 Mar ...
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Record of 1890s UK consular marriage in Japan?

In the 1890s there was consulate in Kobe, and I am trying to determine whether the consulate issued a particular certificate of marriage. Did the consulate provide witness to such marriages? If the ...
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Meaning of source numbers in U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900

There are 3 records in The U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about the marriage of Luke Lea and Elizabeth Wilson, showing two different birth states for her: Source number: ...
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Did Elizabeth de Burgh, 4th Countess of Ulster marry Elyas de Richmond?

Many people say that Elizabeth de Burgh, 4th Countess of Ulster married Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, which I believe could be true but I am yet to see a marriage record for the two. But I ...
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Who are the parents of Mary De Freis who was born in Germany in 1833?

I'm trying to find out who the parents of Mary De Freis are? She was born in Germany on March 23, 1833. She married Henry Baker. She died in Illinois in 1895.
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How to read Tennessee marriage record

I am trying to interpret the bottom marriage record from Ancestry.com's "Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002": I know that the couple getting married is Lyman J. Strong and Martha H. Green. What ...
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Finding the parents of Guillielmus and Egidius Van Sever?

So far I have found quite a bit of information on related family trees on myheritage.com (basically it got added automatically to my tree after filling in a couple) and on the following website: ...
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Reconciling mid-18th century US marriage records for James Lea and Ann/Anne Tolbert/Herndon?

I am finding contradictory information about James Lea (of 18th c. America) [JL] and whether he married Ann/Anne Holbert or Terndon. Of course, it is possible that there is more than one James Lea. ...
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Proving identity of Japanese great grandfather when no marriage record?

I am trying to prove who my great-grandfather is. I investigated many records (Kobe Directory, Japanese "koseki"), and even DNA testing, but I'm still not sure. In the Japanese koseki, the name Mr ...
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Identifying signature in marriage record from Paris in 1901?

I need help identifying the first name of the signature in the center of the image below. I believe the surname is Pattison. It's from the bottom of the marriage record of my grandparents in Paris in ...
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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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Determining which Blanch Hambly married John Geach at Menheniot, Cornwall, England, in 1688?

My 7th great grandmother Blanch Hambly married John Geach on 25 Apr 1688 at Menheniot, Cornwall, England. John had been baptised on 15 Mar 1658 at Menheniot. There are two candidates for Blanch's ...
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Looking for grandfather's birth/baptismal certificate in Poland?

I am trying to locate my grandfather's birth record, his parents' marriage certificate or anything else that will help me delve back into my family's history in Poland. Grandfather: Jan Zaluga, born ...
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How do I find information on a relative born in Romania before it became a country? [duplicate]

My great-great grandfather, Wolf Finkelstein, was born in 1832 before Romania came into existence so, I don't know how to find out anything about him such as who his parents were. I think he was born ...
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Finding a marriage record for Samuel McReynolds in Oregon or Washington?

I am trying to find a marriage record for an ancestor of mine, Samuel McReynolds (1847-1905). The reason I am trying to find this is that I have no idea who his parents are and I am hoping to find ...
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Finding identity of Eliza Ann Wills who witnessed marriage of Grace Martin Wills and Matthew Nettell in 1865 at Redruth, Cornwall?

My 2nd great grandmother Grace Martin Wills married Matthew Nettell on 23 Sep 1865 at Redruth, Cornwall. Grace gave her age as 17 (I think it was just over 16 and half), and Matthew gave his as 19. ...
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Correcting Altered Records on FamilySearch.org?

Wonder if anybody can help me out on what I suspect is altered information from a marriage record. The info from the alleged marriage record is posted on familysearch.org. Portion of record is as ...
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What is written after John Lark's name?

This snippet comes from Family Search and the parish of Trunch, Norfolk, England. I started looking at this record because I believe John Larke was married twice, once to an Elizabeth Vial, and a ...
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Are parents listed on marriage certificate “proof” of parentage?

I have traced back to a John McAllister born in 1856 in St Quivox, Ayrshire in Scotland. I have his marriage certificate which names both his parents (Thomas McAllister and Martha Strachan) however I ...
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Seeking marriage record for James Slight and Elizabeth Boyd from late 1820s probably near Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland?

I have mentioned my 3rd great grandfather William Slight before in Finding Edinburgh map engraver apprenticeship records of William Slight in 1840s? and am continuing to pursue his baptism record in ...
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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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Determining maiden name of Alice who had eight children (1744-1762) with William Sellick christened at Stogumber, Somerset, without marriage record?

My 5th great grandfather William Sellick was christened on 2 Oct 1718 at Stogumber, Somerset, England. He and his wife Alice had eight children, the first two christened at Stogumber and the ...
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Finding parish marriage records

My husband's family came to the US from England; some of the family stayed in the US, and some returned to the UK. I have many records from my husband's grandfather's generation that indicate his ...
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Deciphering three words from mid 19th Century Cornwall Marriage Certificate?

The image below has been clipped from the Marriage Certificate of my 3rd great grandparents Mary Symons and John Billin. That marriage took place on 5 Feb 1839 in the Chapel of Helston in the Parish ...
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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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Where were my parents married?

My parents were married on Christmas Day 1954. The problem is that I cannot find their marriage license anywhere and to add to the problem my mother was 1/2 black, and in Georgia they could never ...
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What could an “X” under 'Spouse's Previous Husband's Name' mean?

In this marriage record on FamilySearch, there is an "X" for 'Spouse's Previous Husband's Name'. What makes this significant is that the groom, Daniel Gebhard(t?), might have been married twice. If ...
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Locating a marriage record for Jacob Bennett and his wife Zipporah in 18th century Connecticut?

Jacob Bennett was born in 1735 in Connecticut according to AGBI and Barbour Collection. My father's research showed Jacob married Zipporah but he did not cite his sources nor know Zipporah's maiden ...
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Meaning of term Sojourner on 1794 Marriage Record at Marystow (Devon) for John Creber?

A transcription of the Marriage Record of my 4th Great Grandfather John Creber to Harriet Palmer in Marystow, Devon, England on 9 Jun 1794 can be found in GENUKI. I am intrigued by his Parish being ...
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What is the value of recording the witnesses of a baptism or marriage?

Baptismal and marriage records may include witnesses. What is the value of recording the names of the witnesses? How can this information be used?
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Why would FamilySearch.org index be showing a person's age in a marriage, if that's not in the Parish Record?

This problem is somewhat similar to an earlier question of mine, but the issue is more general than before. In one tree I am researching, I can find a marriage record for Nathaniel Claughton and ...
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What does it mean for woman to have the title of Mistress in a marriage record?

I found a marriage record* where the woman has the title of "Mistress". What does that title mean in this case? I know that title of "Mistress" has multiple meanings. The woman was previously married ...