Genes Reunited Blog
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The British Newspaper Archive
Read about historical events at the time they were happening. Perhaps you'll discover your ancestor in their local newspaper?
There is no better excuse than Valentine’s Day to start exploring our Marriage records. They are an invaluable tool when it comes to uncovering details about the lives of your ancestors.
The chances are, your ancestors were probably married in their twenties. Historically, people, particularly women, married much younger than they did today. While this was very much the norm, a couple of rather unusual marriages in the parish records from our parish register prove that people continued to marry much later in life.
Daniel Broadbent proved love conquers all when he married Martha Cheetham in Mottram-in-Longendale on 9 March 1780. It is an example of a very peculiar marriage, as Daniel Broadbent was aged just twenty-three when his bride, a Miss Martha Cheetham was aged eighty-three!
Another ‘peculiar marriage’ can be found in the parish registers of St Oswald, Chester. George Harding and Jane Darlington married on 6 May 1776 and a note on the record informs us that ‘George Harding is in the 105th year of his age and Jane Darlington in her 75th’.
There are plenty of surprising discoveries to be made in our Marriage records. We have also discovered a pair of real star-crossed lovers in the marriage records: in 1971, a Romeo married a Juliet in Lambeth, London. We found the marriage records of Oscar Fingal Wilde and Constance Lloyd in Kensington, London in 1884, Jude Law and Sadie Frost in Westminster, London in 1997 and Kate Winslet and Jim Threapleton, in Reading, Berkshire in 1998.
So get into the romantic spirit this Valentine’s day and see what our marriage records can tell you about the love lives of your ancestors -