The Family History Group
Leader:  John Dogherty - firstname.lastname@example.org - phone 01530 411148
|Wed 12th Feb||2:00 pm||2 Marlborough Way|
Our first meeting of the new decade saw 7 stalwarts turn out.
We had another good session, with folks generally continuing building up their trees.
Ana was using some helpful Hints in Ancestry, taking good care to verify sources wherever possible,
and tag results as provisional where not possible.
Keith is now well on with establishing the main trunk of his tree.
Sylvia is deep into the Irish records following her mother s line, as her father s is already well
Dora is doing very well with her Scottish records, already back into the very late 17th century, and
coping nicely with the Parish Records.
John H is still making slow progress with his ancestors, his aim to try and identify living relatives on
cognate branches: a very interesting line of research, but still frustratingly slow.
John D was following up Hints from Ancestry on his mother s sister s in-laws. The sister and
husband lived most of their lives in the New Forest, but oddly finished up in Shropshire. A nice little
story looks to be uncovered there.
There was a general discussion about certificates of Births Marriages and Deaths: how to find the
references needed to order them; how to order them; and what information should be expected.
One question that emerged was who and in what order should we expect to find listed as witnesses
to a marriage.
Would they have to be related to the Bride and Groom (no).
Would any witnesses from either side have to be listed alongside their relative s name (no).
(In fact John and Chris D s certificate showed four witnesses: Best Man, Chief Bridesmaid and
both mothers. The two mothers were listed on the -wrong- lines!)
What restrictions are there on who could be a witness. Only that they be of age (nowadays
18, but it used to be 21) In fact, it has been known that complete strangers have been invited
in from the street!
A very good session indeed, helped along by the gift of splendid biccies from Keith!
We next meet on 12th February, at 2.00 pm.