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Marriage Certificates

Hello there,

I wasn’t initially going to blog about Marriage Certificates, but in having more of a look at one of the Marriage Certificates I recently ordered (via the GRO).  Then having look at the other Marriage Certificates I have (for my maternal grandfathers side), I’ve decided I WILL do a blog.

So far I have 8 Marriage Certificates

– 1 Marriage was in Delhi India (John Burdett Clark & Dorothe Verna Terry)
My Grandparents married in the Sacred Heart Cathedral according to the the Roman Catholic Faith.

– 3 in Yeovil, Somerset
One of the marriages took place at the Primitive Methodist Chapel and according to the Primitive Methodist faith

Two marriages took place at the South Street Chapel, one being of the Bapists faith the 2nd was Protestant? something.  (James Hitchcock & Louisa Bishop)

One of the South Street Chapel Marriages is most interesting indeed!
This is due to the Marriage Certificate having FOUR witnesses.

Witnesses being – Sister to the groom, the fathers of the couple marrying
and the 4th looks like Robert Neal/Noel Woodley?

James Hitchcock & Louisa Bishop - Marriage 1865

Here is the interesting marriage certificate (William John Clark & Eliza Brown)

William John Clark & Eliza Brown Marriage 1920

– 1 Kent, some details for this Marriage is hard to read, such as the Chapel name and what the faith is. (George Clark & Sarah Ann Whitnall)

George Clark & Sarah Ann Whitnall Marriage 1861

– 3 marriages took place in the Church of England, 2 in Southampton & 1 in Northampton

** Getting massively distracted looking at other stuff when I should really be doing this blog …. hahaha **

Anyway here are some links of interest about Yeovil, Somerset.

This is a great site I found while writing this blog post The A-to-Z of Yeovil’s History by Bob Osborn

A few links from the above site Baptist Chapel // Back Street / South Street

This has a collection of photos of Yeovil – then & now

This is a other website that looks quite interesting Yeovil Baptist Church

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

Surname Studies

Hello there,

Have been pondering on doing a one name study (ONS) for a while, but wasn’t sure about committing myself  in doing one. Also was difficult trying to decide which surname to do. (see below for the process steps)

But I have finally decided and going with TWO surnames!, one for each side of my family. The two surnames I picked are Whitnall (my mothers side) & Merriman (my dads side)

Have now registered both the surnames with Guild of One-Name Studies & the Surname Society

The process
– Making a surname shortlist
– Seeing where the clusters were (in my personal family tree)
– Sussing out surname stats, for this I looked at the “Surnames of England and Wales” website as well as the “forebears” website

– Sussing out scale of what would be involved (looking at Ancestry, Find my Past, Familysearch etc

– Til finally I go “mad” and just dive in

Oh nearly forgot to mention, I ordered the Guild’s book “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” The art of One Name Studies.

So just waiting till I hear back from the Guild, meanwhile I’m going make a start!

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

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