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Marriage Certificates

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Lynda Report 14 Feb 2013 11:46

Does anybody know whether on a marriage certificate you can enter the Fathers name and the step fathers name? I have an instance where I think both surnames have been used.



Porkie_Pie Report 14 Feb 2013 11:50

Never heard of that, But i would think not, can you give the details you have that led to your thinking both would be on the marriage cert


Edit, Just a thought did your info come from the marriage index? if so then when the surname of the bride states two names eg, Smith or Jones that usualy indicates the bride has a previous marriage

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 14 Feb 2013 11:56

I have one where the bride's father is named and her stepfather is a witness.

Is this the sort of thing you mean?



OneFootInTheGrave Report 14 Feb 2013 12:05

I have seen some strange things on certificates, I have a birth certificate that has a statement on it which says that the husband of the mother is not the child's father.


Lynda Report 14 Feb 2013 15:42

The father's name was Broad and the Step fathers name was Godfrey. On the marriage certificate under father it states Godfrey Broad (deceased) both were at the date of the marriage.

♥†۩ Carol   Paine ۩†♥

♥†۩ Carol Paine ۩†♥ Report 14 Feb 2013 16:02

Could be a big coincidence

Father was Godfrey Broad & Step father ???? Godfrey


Lynda Report 15 Feb 2013 09:34

The father's name was Abel Broad and the Step father's name was George Godfrey. On the marriage certificate under father it states Godfrey Broad (deceased) - Sorry for the confusion.


Porkie_Pie Report 15 Feb 2013 09:55

I think that when the question was asked "fathers name" their was some confusion? and so the names was written as it was understood

other wise it would state father; Abel Broad and George Godfrey (deceased) which i don't believe would be allowed,



+++DetEcTive+++ Report 15 Feb 2013 10:13

In your situation, then its quite possible that the two 'fathers' have been merged. An example from my own family.

Rhoda Ling
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1865
Age: 27
Spouse Name: John Carrington
Spouse Age: 29
Record Type: Marriage
Event Date: 3 Jan 1892
Parish: Clerkenwell St James
Borough: Islington
Father Name: >>David<< Ling
Spouse Father Name: John Carrington
Register Type: Parish Register

Her father was CHARLES Ling, but her stepfather from the age of 5 was DAVID Everett.


Patricia Report 15 Feb 2013 22:18

when we got the marriage cert for my OH Gt Grandmother we were surprised to find she named both her father and her Uncle who adopted her when her mother died when she was about 4 years old.

So I see no reason why a father and step father should not be listed, but agree it is not common