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what would this be on a marriage certificate????

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Judith Report 22 Dec 2017 20:50

Hi all
would anyone know, under the fathers name on a marriage certificate dating 1862 in Ipswich, it looks like it reads 'deceased' but not sure on that. Would that have been a common thing to write?

any help appreciated. Thank you! :-S


LaGooner Report 22 Dec 2017 20:51

Yes quite normal if the father has passed before the wedding

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 23 Dec 2017 06:43

It would often normal too for the father not to annotated as deceased even though he was.Depends how the question was asked by the priest or registrars

That can throw the searches out for census and death year


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 23 Dec 2017 09:02

“What’s your father’s name & occupation? “

1- “Joseph Bloggs, a bricklayer “
2- “Joseph Bloggs but he’s dead” ( A dead person doesn’t have an occupation)
3- “ Joseph Bloggs. He’s dead but used to be a bricklayer”
4- Thinks - I’m illegitimate & never knew who my father was. I’ll make something up & say he’s died.


Hilary Report 24 Dec 2017 07:09

Can't always rely on what it says anyway. Took me quite a while to find gt. grandmother's birth, got her marriage certificate, gave fathers name on it. When I found her birth, she was born in workhouse, mother went in with 3 children & came out with 4.Got her birth cert. on it said illegitimate. Found her supposed father died 3 years earlier. Did'nt say deceased on marriage cert.