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Family History Beginners Board / Brother marrying sister?
« on: Wednesday 24 November 04 18:31 GMT (UK)  »
I have recently acquired the marriage certificate for my gggrandfather, James George Burden.  He married Annie Burden in 1874.  I was surprised to find that they were listed on the certificate with the same residence at time of marriage, same father's name and same father's occupation (veterinary surgeon).  The birth certficate for one of their sons, Albert, also shows his mother as Annie Burden (formerly Burden).

Now you can't marry your sister (and James George didn't have a sister called Annie as far as I know).  It also seems unlikely that they could be first cousins as their fathers are listed with the same name.  So does anyone have other ideas as to why this information is shown on the marriage certificate other than it being a very large coincidence?

Before she was married, Annie is listed on the 1871 census in Basingstoke as a boarder, so this doesn't shed any light on her family.

Possible solutions to the problem gratefully received.


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