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22-08-2005, 10:28 AM
Can anyone tell me, please, if there is any particular significance in the wording of a Marriage Certificate issued at St George's Tredegar, Monmouthshire on 1st April 1868 for a marriage there on 19th March 1868?
"by Superintendant Registrar's Certificate."
Both parties are stated to be resident in Tredegar, although he was born in London, she in Hampshire. Their ages are given as 23 in both cases, although she was actually 28.
He is described here as 'Temperance Hotel Keeper', while her last-known occupation was as a barmaid in a water-front pub in Portsmouth!
22-08-2005, 2:10 PM
..."according to the rites and ceremonies of"...what?
22-08-2005, 3:32 PM
the printed certificate (Certified copy) for the marriage has the space to write in the religious house where a marriage took place so, if the marriage was in the parish church it would be "according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England" if it was a jewish wedding it would be the according to the Synagogue etc. if it is a Register Office wedding then the "rites and ceremonies space is usually left blank - and should have a line drawn through the wording.
The space after the word "by" is where they write things like "certificate" or "Banns" or "Special Licence"
I just took a quick look at the British-genealogy resource pages
and there is a picture of an early certificate where you can clearly see that the printing actually says "according to the rites and ceremonies of the Established Church"
Lots of really helpful stuff on those resource pages - I'm off for another look
Hope this helps
29-08-2005, 10:32 PM
Thank you everybody.
There was clearly no special circumstances in this case. I had not come across this wording before - only 'by banns' or 'by licence.'
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