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Branches, Twigs, & Roots, Issue #012 -- Finding a Marriage Record
August 07, 2012
Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Branches, Twigs, and Roots!
Genealogy Tip of the Month
Your Brick WallsThis month’s brick wall deals with finding a marriage record which seems rather elusive. Here's what our contributor wrote:
In this situation, in the usual course, I would ask for further information before searching for this couple.
Virginia Marriages to 1800 about Blair, Betty
Here, while everything else matches up (in terms of the names and the state of Virginia), the marriage date of 1796 seems a little early for someone presumed born about 1800! ;)
If I am correct, that the birth year of approximately 1800 was a "guesstimate" based on the birth year of a child born, say, around 1822, then moving the parents' approximate birth dates back to accommodate the marriage date would yield birth dates somewhere around 1775 (assuming a marriage at approximately 21 years of age in 1796, and that the parents were approximately the same age).
That would make the parents about 46 at the time of this child's birth, which was not unusual in those days, and certainly possible from the standpoint of human fertility.
If only all brick walls were so easily resolved! (I guess they are, if you happen upon the appropriate records; but usually, it's like looking for the proverbial 'needle in a haystack'!)
Click here for a bit of gravestone humour. Apparently, these are actual gravestone inscriptions!
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New Records Released Today! The Irish Republican State’s Military Archives have been digitized, and the Bureau of Military History 1913-1921 is included! Records relating to the War of Independence and the Easter Rising are now available to the public for the first time, free of charge!
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