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Questions tagged [marriage-records]

For questions about finding or interpreting records of marriage, such as marriage certificates, registers, indexes, marriage licenses, banns, records of dowries, and marriage taxes.

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Determining if mid-18th century signatures are from same hand?

All three are by the groom in an English marriage certificate. #1 from 1751 lists him as a bachelor; #2 from 1758 lists him as a widower; #3 from 1763 does not specify a marital status. All are from ...
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Finding information about father from Germany? [on hold]

My father was 1st generation over to the states entering thru Canada, then living in Rochester. There he met my mother and then relocated to Miami early 1960s. He was killed when I was 4 yo and turned ...
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Seeking 1873 marriage record for Gregor Nanik from Upper Silesia?

Gregor was married in 1873 to Hedwiga Wodarz. His father was Anthony Nanik. I heard were friends of the Hindenburgs and Gregor served in the Military. During the war hid in the caves. He immigrated to ...
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How should I interpret this sequence of records?

I'm searching for the marriage of the parents of one of my ancestors, and the baptisms of her siblings, and have a sequence of events that could have multiple interpretations. Ann[e] Westwood was ...
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Seeking to verify 1862 Scottish marriage, birth and death records for a Henry Clifford stationed with the Royal Navy at Leith

In researching Henry Clifford (b 1839, Ewell, Surrey), grandparents' names in lieu of parents' names disallows certainty of his marriage to a Jane Young in Edinburgh 1862. Henry volunteered w/the ...
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Do Quakers typically have their marriage records recorded with the government?

I'm looking for a supposed marriage record between a John Woodson b. 1655 in Curles, Henrico, Colony of Virginia and a Mary Tucker b. 1660 in Curles, Henrico, Colony of Virginia and married on 20 Aug ...
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Assessing the frequency of surname in an 18th century English parish

I have a set of marriage and baptism records for an 18th century/early 19th century English parish, and want to assess the probability that the participants are related in some way, before I spend ...
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How can I strengthen my identification of Luke Hallam and his wife Ann in 18th century Nottinghamshire?

My ancestors John Brooks and Ann Hallam married in November 1798 in Clifton with Glapton, Nottinghamshire. The couple had 8 children baptised between 1800 and 1813. (All sources except where specified ...
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Establishing a link between birth and marriage records in an 18th German church register

I have been browsing a Lutheran church book for the town of Wetter, Marburg-Biedenkopf, Hesse in Germany that details 18th century birth and marriage records, and am trying to establish a link between ...
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Interpreting a phrase in a Banns record from 1825 Pembrokeshire

I have an (extraordinarily helpful) banns record from Llanfair Nant Y Gof in Pembrokeshire in 1825, transcribed as follows: (Page 2) The year 1825 & 1826 [No. 3] Banns of Marriage between ...
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Meaning of “hinterlassen” in old German marriage record

I found an early 17th century German marriage record in which the groom is marked as "hinterlassen" in reference to his father. Does that give me information about the father's date of death? In ...
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Formulating a strategy to locate a marriage

What strategy can I adopt to locate an English marriage record for two ancestors? Of course, they may not have married at all, but Rebecca Probert points out in Marriage Law for Genealogists the ...
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What is this first name for Gregorčič witness to marriage?

I have a marriage record from 1837 written in German with a groom's witness with surname Gregorčič (written Gregorzhizh in German). It appears close to Anton but that doesn't quite work to my eye, so ...
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Is this surname Maizen?

I've got a marriage record from 1837 written in German and wish to determine the maiden name of the bride's mother underlined in red: I think it says Maria Maizen, but I'm not sure.
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What is this last name that looks like Kennet?

I'm trying to read this name, that I have written twice in this image (underlined in red): My current working theory is Maria Kennet. This is a marriage record from the Austrian Empire and is ...
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What is German translation of this Marriage record written in Kurrent?

I have an photo of a computer showing a scan of a marriage register for the household shown in this answer which is also written in German using Kurrent style of cursive: I'd like to know what the ...
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Looking for marriage (or birth) of Isabella Cubbin, born circa 1847 on Isle of Man?

I am looking for the marriage (or birth) of Isabella Cubbin, born circa 1847 on the Isle of Man. She married William Cowin at some point in the 1870s, but can't find a record of this. She had ...
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Reading illegible document from Scotland's People?

I recently started using Scotland's People, and the first article I am looking at is here and I find it completely illegible, perhaps due to scanning. Can anyone help me to read the information in ...
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German marriage query for Anna Waltraude ENSFELDER born Hamelin

From family Stammbuch Anna Waltraude ENSFELDER was born in Hamelin/Hameln, Germany in 1912. She had a daughter Ursula. Can anyone tell me who she married?
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Seeking 19th century marriage record from Upper Silesia in Poland?

I am looking for information on my great great grandparents who came from Upper selesia area in Poland. The names were Anthony Nanik, Hedwiga Wodarz and Mary Urbanik. My great grandfather Gregor Nanik ...
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Looking for the 1901 census record of Annie Elizabeth Ward

I'm looking for a 1901 census record of Annie Elizabeth Ward (maiden name I think is Campbell). According to the previous post and digging around I've done, in the 1911 census Annie Elizabeth and ...
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Looking for marriage of Annie Elizabeth to James Spencer Ward, ca 1900 in Cheshire?

I'm having a really hard time tracking down a marriage between an Annie Elizabeth (unsure of her maiden name) and a James Spencer Ward. They had children Rose Gertrude, Evelyn, Thomas and James and ...
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What is this place in County of York on UK War Office Marriage Record?

I am indexing an image on FamilySearch for UK War Office Registers, Soldier Records, 1772-1935. This text in this image is the place of a marriage that took place on Dec, 11, 1825. I can make out the ...
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What does “Int. Reads” mean on list of marriages from around Boston about 1794?

Looking through a list of marriages in the Boston, MA area around 1794 and I see on most marriages there's a line that reads "Int. Reads" below the couple. It seems to be correcting there names or ...
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Seeking marriage record of John McGrady and Elizabeth McDonald in Ireland about 1885?

John McGrady born approximately 1860, married Elizabeth McDonald, (on her birth cert but later written Elizabeth O'Donnell) in approx 1885. Proni does not have a record of this marriage. She was born ...
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Translating 1612 Dutch marriage record

This 1612 marriage record from Leyden is for my 10x great-grandparents George Morton and Juliana Carpenter, both born in England. Sadly, my Dutch is limited to guessing based on my poor German, and ...
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Looking for marriage record for John Leiper b. 1881 in Kincardineshire, Scotland

John Leiper is my 2nd great grandfather. I would like to find his marriage record. I believe he married a lady called Margery or Margaret Eddison. My dad told me about her after doing some family ...
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Finding 1879 Rhode Island marriage record from Ancestry index-only result?

A year or so ago I found this index-only marriage record for Richard Griffiths Jr. (no idea why they added a second "Griffiths" in) and Mary Gomersall on Ancestry. I believe it is for the right couple ...
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Looking for marriage record of Albert Augur near Bermondsey (London) around 1870?

Albert Augur is my 3rd great grandfather. I have been able to find records for my other English ancestors with ease, but he seems to be a tough nut to crack. Anyway, I will list what I know about him ...
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When and where did Mary Thomas b. abt 1793 in Port of Menteith, Dunbartonshire marry her (first) Hutcheson husband and what was his forename?

Who was the Hutcheson or Hutchison who could have married a Mary Thomas, possibly in Barony, Glasgow, Lanarkshire around 1810-1820? We now know that Mary died in Davidson, Tennessee in 1868. Some ...
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Why would relatives in Massachusetts cross New Hampshire border to be married?

I have been doing some genealogical research, and have stumbled across an unusual scenario. Several relatives, between 1930 and 1960, traveled from Lawrence, MA to Windham, NH to be married. As far as ...
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What was surname of Susan/Susanna, wife of Edward McDowell, from Devon area in abt 1800?

There is an old story in my mother's family of my great-great-great-grandmother Susan having come from a wealthy family but been 'cut off with an angry shilling' when she married the family coachman, ...
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Would Jewish marriages be listed in the records?

If a Jewish couple were married according to Jewish law (with a rabbi officiating, etc.), would the marriage show up in any city records? Looking for early 1900s, around 1917 or so, in Texas (...
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Parish residency in 19th century Cornwall?

In 18th and 19th century church parish marriage records in Cornwall, UK, the bride and groom's residences are indicated as one of three things: of the same parish as the marriage (usually just ...
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Looking for Adam Gould and Rachel Burkholder in 18th/19th century Pennsylvania?

I can find a later Adam Gould and Rachel Burkholder in McKeesport but I am looking for an earlier couple that may have lived in Westmoreland County PA. They would be the parents of the Adam in ...
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Deciphering Irish Locations & Names (1873 Marriage License)

I have a marriage record from Burt County Nebraska for my Great Great Grandfather. I'm having trouble with the handwriting, and would appreciate any help in deciphering it. Specifically, I know from ...
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Finding where a marriage took place from the GRO index reference?

This is a worked case study and is intended as a supplement to the related question Finding Devon parish marriage records?. There are two different websites which offer help with determining the ...
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Deciphering 1868 Irish marriage record?

I recently got a copy of my 3rd great grandfather's marriage certificate. He was married in the district of Drimoleague, union of Skibbereen, County Cork in Ireland in 1868. Most of the handwriting in ...
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Trying to find birth and death info for Thomas and Sarah Bissell

I am trying to find birth and death info for Thomas and Sarah Bissell. Thomas Bissell's Christening date is December 25, 1787 in Saint Thomas',Dudley,Worcester,England but I do not have any birth ...
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Was this Susannah's first or second marriage?

I found a marriage "record" published in a compilation (New England Marriages Prior to 1700): BROWN, William & Susannah [HARDING], w John; 27 Oct 1699; Eastham I am not sure what w stands for ...
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What is the accuracy of FindMyPast's MarriageFinder tool?

While trying to identify family relationships surrounding my ancestors in England, I found that FindMyPast has a "MarriageFinder" tool that identifies marriage relationships based on England marriage ...
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What happened to Gustav Adolf Neumann, 1859 immigrant to the US?

According to notes passed down by my granddad (from an unknown source), I have an relative, Gustav Adolf Neumann, who was born 1824 in Leipzig, Saxony, and who eventually immigrated to the United ...
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Searching marriage records for London by witnesses?

Today a key piece of information about my 4th great grandmother Sarah Osment Smyth came to my attention when @ValerieFennell wrote: I have Sarah Osment Smyth as witness at the marriage of James ...
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Finding Marriage of Elizabeth Smith Julian and Newton Bonner in 1840s Kentucky, North Carolina or Tennessee?

John Robert Bonner, was born in Missouri, on May 19, 1845. His father, Newton Bonner, was born in Kentucky and I don’t know the year. His mother Elizabeth Smith Julian is the Daughter of John ...
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Two different marriage dates for the same couple?

I'm digging through online records and researching Charles and Mary Ann Kirby (listed as maiden name of Hart) who came to Canada from Yorkshire England. I found one record that has their wedding as ...
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Looking for 1940s marriage and divorce records from the Southwestern USA?

I'm looking for marriage and divorce records between Constance Marie Bonneville and Russell Almon Gilmore Lacey, my guess would around 1944 maybe in Arizona or California. Constance may have been ...
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Reading marriage bond from 1838 Kentucky USA?

I was hoping to find the name of the father of Mary Ann Sims from this marriage bond. but I cannot read the name: Does this just say "Mr. A Sims ? Date"? If so, would William A Sims be another ...
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Seeking 19th century marriage record for Wolf and Amélie Thalmann whose descendants settled in Mannheim?

Richard (1861-1938, died in Paris, France) from the Thalmann family of Mannheim (in south-west Germany) had about four siblings: Ernst (founder of Ladenburg-Thalmann Bank in NYC in 1875), Flora (...
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Finding Marriage Certificate/License most likely in 1930s Michigan?

My grandparents were apparently married but I cannot find any proof. They lived in Michigan and I've requested marriage information from more than 9 counties and it's getting expensive! My mom was ...
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Interpreting “married by Licence as I am credibly informed” on 1732 Gloucestershire marriage record?

My 5th great grandfather Edward Chichester was buried at Leighland, Old Cleeve, Somerset, England on 4 May 1823, aged 89, which puts his birth year at about 1734, and I am trying to identify his birth ...