marriage records

14 Aug 2014

Finding Missing Marriage Records

Finding missing marriage records is today’s topic. If you are searching for an elusive marriage record, it may be useful to consider where the local Greta Green was located for your ancestral couple.

My post a few days ago covered the concept of “Gretna Green,” shorthand for any place where eloping couples could be swiftly married. Its origins lie in the English Marriage Act of 1753, which was designed to prevent upper-class men and women from “marrying down.” To circumvent this law, couples could elope to Gretna Green in Scotland, where marriage requirements were less strict.

FamilySearch says:

A Gretna Green is a favored marriage place. When a couple runs away from their home area to get married in a place with fewer marriage restrictions, the place they go is often called a “Gretna Green.” They may want to marry at a younger age, want to wait a shorter period after obtaining a […]

12 Aug 2014

Gretna Green and Marriage Records

Today’s post is about Gretna Green and marriage records. Stay tuned for a new post Thursday about finding elusive marriage records by locating the Gretna Green your ancestors may have used in the United States.

Gretna Green is used today as shorthand for any place where eloping couples could be swiftly married. Its origins lie in the English Marriage Act of 1753, which was designed to prevent upper-class men and women from “marrying down.” To circumvent this law, a couple could either obtain a special license from the Archbishop of Canterbury, or elope to Gretna Green in Scotland.

Gretna Green and Marriage Records

 

Gretna Green was a village just over the Scots-English border, and conveniently located on the main route from London into Scotland. Rather than petition the Archbishop of Canterbury, couples chose the easier path and fled north to Gretna Green, where “marriage by declaration” (aka […]

30 Aug 2011

Google Maps and Uncommunicative Records: Tuesday’s Tip

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with turn-of-the-(20th)-century Cook County marriage licenses for years now. To put it as elegantly as possible, they bite. In general, the information is limited to:

•    Groom’s name, age
•    Bride’s name, age
•    Officiant’s name
•    Officiant’s address
•    Date of marriage
•    Date of license issue

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5 Aug 2011

Poznan Marriage Project: Follow Friday

Today’s Follow Friday post is about the Poznan Marriage Project, a database of extracted nineteenth marriage records. Headed by Łukasz Bielecki, the Poznan Marriage Project contains 651,594 records from civil, Lutheran, and Catholic parishes within the former Prussian province of Posen, now Poznań, Poland.

In addition to the search function available by surname, location, and date, the site also provides a wealth of information about what records are available for various villages and towns.

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