I have a marriage certificate for my wife's great Grandfather.
According to the certificate, he was born about 1885. He signed it as "Alexander Campbell Harris". He stated that his father was "Samuel Harris".
The marriage itself was on September 12, 1911 to "Esmé Catherine Earley" in Cardiff, Wales.
No matter how many records I search (both Ancestry.co.uk and FindMyPast.com), I can't find any potential 1891, 1901, 1911 census or 1939 registry logs, let alone a birth record (which I assume is in Wales).
On the marriage certificate, he states his occupation as "professional athlete" and, according to family members, he used to be a trainer or something, massaging those who participated.
What options are available to me to try and locate him in any records?
I already have the details for his wife Esmé:
I ordered the death certificate that was referred to in one of the answers and it arrived today.
- His name is registered as "Alexander Campbell Harris". So the "C" stood for the correct middle name.
- The informant was "Esme Harris - Widow of deceased". So she has the correct name.
- His age is clearly indicated as 60, thus implying he was born in 1875, 10 years prior to the age he reported on his marriage certificate.
- Esme's place of residence is 68, New Dock Road. So this does not match her address on the 1939 Register. But this is 4 years later so it is possible she moved.
His rank or profession is indicated as:
Of 49, Swansea Road, Llanelly. Storesman at electric Power Station.
Today, his daughter's (Esme Harris - not his wife, also Esme :)) marriage certificate arrived. She got married in 1937. This was the interesting bit:
In this case the marriage certificate confirms that her father was already deceased by 1937. In addition, it states that his last known profession was:
Confidential Clerk (Electricity Supply Company)
That ties in with the death certificate that was tracked down. Got to be right. Still not got anywhere with the birth though (made harder due to the discrepancies as discussed on here).
Turns out that Alexander was buried at Llanelli District Cemetery. On their records for his grave it also states a 5 month old girl buried in 1920. I will research her. For Alexander, their records had Harries as the surname (no middle name). We know this is the correct person though because the address is the same as the death certificate. And for the girl, her address was Brecon Arms. And Alexander's wife was a Landlord of a pup in Llanelli. Unfortunately there is no gravestone as they looked for me.
So the only thing I struggled with is birth and I think I asked a separate question about that. Can't remember. I have only ever found one entry with the correct father being Samuel Harris and a mechanical engineer. But that is all - in Scotland.
Update - Birth
The 1921 Census has been released and I just purchased the sheets for the Harris family (transcribed as Harries). And it states that he was born in Irvine, Ayr. It computed the birth as 1874 but I had found the birth as 1875. For that 1875 record the father is Samuel Harris and was an Engineer.
It has come together! I have just bought the birth certificate from Scottish website. This leads to another question I will ask. He decidedto use "Campbell" as a middle name so that must have a link with "Ayr" perhaps?