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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