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SNGF – 2015

Hello there,

This weeks Saturday Night Fun What did Genea-Santa Bring You? I don’t often do these, so here’s my entry.

I got a few really awesome things for Xmas

– A 500gb External hard-drive, So I’ve no excuses not to BACK MY STUFF UP. (Just need to remember to regularly back it up … lol)

– Some spit (lol) from my sister … I had got an AncestryDNA kit a few months ago for her & was just waiting for her to do it for me.

– A couple of books ‘The Wills of our Ancestors’ & ‘How our Ancestors Died’ from my Dad

– Learning a Maternal (distant) cousin got both his parents to do an AncestryDNA kit.

– A pile of pre-Xmas books, I got for myself. One of which was ‘Wartime Farm’ an awesome charity shop find. (I LOVE ‘trawlling’ charity shops for books)

Nearly forgot, I also got some Map pins, (Just need to get round to making a big cork board and getting some wall maps of Europe & Asia)


Now the non family history stuff! …

A microwaveable dish, going to be really useful, some towels, a quilt cover & pillow set and the Xmas must have CHOCOLATE! …. hahaha.

And that’s about it I think.

That’s all I have for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!


Marriage Banns

Hello there,

Credit to Linda Sullivan‎ on facebook for finding & sharing this info from a book called  … ‘Solving Genealogy Problems: How to break down ‘brick walls’ and build your family tree By Graeme Davis’

Marrying after Banns
The reading of banns was charged for at each church where read.  If the bride and groom were of the same parish there was only one charge.  Very many couples claimed to be of the same parish in order to halve the charge for banns.  This frequently leads to marriage certificates where both the bride and groom give exactly the same address as their residence, something which is most unlikely to be the case, but was a cost saving practice that was widely tolerated.

Penny Marriages
Many city parishes in the 19th and early 20 century offered “Penny Marriages” typically these took place on two days of the year – Christmas day and Easter Sunday. and were a form of group marriage. Each couple would say there vows independently, but the rest of the service were shared by several couples who also shared the single marriage fee.  A marriage which takes place in a city parish on either of these days is most likely a “Penny marriage”

Genealogist report cases of documentation being confused in such marriages with the bride paired on paper with the wrong groom. As many of those marrying in these cheap weddings did not purchase a certificate and may not have been literate the mistake could go undetected.

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

Edit – I noticed I forgot my ‘tag lines’ lol

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