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Married twice, but …

One thing to research is their later church affiliation. One possibility is that between 1925 and 1928 they changed their religious conviction. The Roman Catholic church, at the time, may not have ...
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Did bigamous marriages need to be annulled?

Professor Rebecca Probert ("a leading authority on the history of marriage law and practice in England and Wales" to quote the blurb on her book) has written a useful book: Divorced, Bigamist, ...
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Why would people have to pay marriage licence bonds?

They would have to pay the bond if they broke the terms of that bond. A bond, whether that be a probate bond, bastardy bond, marriage bond, etc., is simply a legal instrument by which people swear to ...
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What does 1898 wedding/memorial announcement from Germany, Austria, or Slovenia say?

It is a wedding souvenir and it is in German Alois Kowatsch Josefa Kowatsch geb Gregortschitsch Vermählt 10. Januar 1898 zu Oestereich. that is: [groom] Alois Kowatsch [bride] Josefa Kowatsch, ...
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Married couple presented for fornication in Nottinghamshire (1631)?

I am speaking from my experience of Scottish records but I have no reason to suspect that the practice was greatly different in England. In Scotland, couples were frequently rebuked for ante-nuptial ...
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Average age at marriage in Highland Scotland in 18th century

On marriages in Britain, The Oxford Companion to Family and Local History notes several key points that dictated the age at which individuals married: [T]he great majority of the people of Britain ...
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What age was marriage without parental consent available in Wisconsin in 1895?

A state's age of consent for marriage (without parents' permission) today is not necessarily the same as the age of consent for marriage (without parents' permission) a century ago. My husband's ...
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How do I indicate that two people have children but never married?

On paper you can use the traditional relationship indicators, also known as a genogram. Here is range of genogram symbols from Wikipedia. If you are using a family tree software, you would still ...
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To what extent would people in the 1800s travel to get married?

Population Studies from Parish Registers, a selection of readings from Local Population Studies, edited by Michael Drake (Local Population Studies, 1982, ISBN 0 9503951 7 X) contains a number of ...
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Understanding why same couple seemingly married twice within year

As we figured it out in the comments, the second entry is a proclamation record (see the abbreviation procl. in the record), the first one an actual marriage record (identified by the word/...
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was proof of first wife's death required for marriage in England in 1938?

This is an extract from a response from the WDYTYA forum from a chap who is a registrar: "The question the registrar would ask is essentially "have you ever been married before" and to ...
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was proof of first wife's death required for marriage in England in 1938?

My answer quoted is essentially correct - but you would need to check what guidance was given to registrars (assuming it was a civil marriage), or clergy (for a church Marriage) on whether such ...
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To what extent would people in the 1800s travel to get married?

Do away with the perception that our ancestors didn't travel far. Especially by the nineteenth century there were several forms of transportation. Horse and carriage would of course be most common, ...
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Inferring date of marriage from dates of marriage banns in Scotland?

It may help to keep an open mind on this question, since the records in Scotland are not going to be as tidy and regular at this period as they might have been in a later period, especially when ...
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Why would relatives in Massachusetts cross New Hampshire border to be married?

In the comments on the post Have you searched and searched for the marriage without finding it? by Arlene on Arlene Eakle's Genealogy Blog, a comment posted on February 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm by ...
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What were the rules about Massachusetts town marriage intentions ca 1811?

My go-to source for that time period in Massachusetts is Samuel Freeman's manual for town clerks, which goes by the absurdly long title, The Town Officer: Or, The Power and Duty of Selectmen, Town ...
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Why did my mother have two names when she married in Jaffa in 1946?

It may be worth mentioning that whether a widow remarrying is indexed under both her maiden name and her current (pre 2nd marriage) name depends on the custom and practice of the people compiling the ...
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Why did my mother have two names when she married in Jaffa in 1946?

I presume when you say "2 records of marriage" you mean two entries in a marriage index; there is almost certainly only one record, and purchasing it (which can be done directly through the GRO; going ...
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Inferring date of marriage from dates of marriage banns in Scotland?

Banns are usually read 3 times and the marriage usually takes place shortly after the 3rd reading (traditionally the following Saturday). Banns are read in both the bride and grooms parish (if they ...
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Traded a dollar for a Penney?

Call and ask Rensselaer County County Clerk: 9am – 5pm, Phone: (518) 270-4080, Fax: (518) 271-7998, Location: 105 Third Street, Troy, NY 12180 or Rensselaer Public Library (518) 462-1193 ...
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Finding records prior to 1838 for Malone, Franklin County, NY or St. Lawrence County, NY?

You may want to try to reach out to the Genealogical Research team at the Franklin County Historical & Museum Society in Malone, NY. Email: fcohms@northnet.org Website: www.franklinhistory.org
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Finding records prior to 1838 for Malone, Franklin County, NY or St. Lawrence County, NY?

Since the other answers were posted, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has published a massive research guide: New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer I agree with the ...
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