Marriage Certificate

A marriage certificate
Once the certificate you’ve ordered has arrived, it’s important to understand how to interpret the information it carries to enable to progress to the next step in your family history search…
Marriage Certificate

It was not uncommon for our ancestors to be widowed and marry more than once, since average life expectancy was much lower than today. Second marriage certificates for older people born before the start of civil registration are extremely useful. Matthew Pinsent’s maternal 3x great grandfather, William Jardine, was born around 1800 and married his first wife in 1820. Eight months after her death in 1871 he married for a second time in Worcestershire. The GRO certificate provided his father’s name, helping us to trace his line back to the 18th century, and gave both men’s rank as Baronet of Applegirth. The title was Scottish, so this discovery led us to further records on ScotlandsPeople. The certificate also confirmed that William’s new father-in-law was a rector who performed the marriage ceremony.

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