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The Common Room / Re: One-name studies
« on: Yesterday at 17:09 »
There is "The Guild of One Name Studies" https://one-name.org/

Stan

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The position was that a valid marriage required the couple agreeing to the matrimonial contract. To understand the nature of their union they had to have reached an age of rational consent. From time immemorial it was accepted that a child of seven could make a rational decision and so the age for matrimonial consent was fixed at seven years. However, it was not until puberty, 12 for girls and 14 for boys, that fruitful union was possible.
However in many cases it seems that the lower age of seven was disregarded even by the Church, which only went so far as to say that babes in arms should not be given in marriage unless there was an urgent need such as the desire for peace, not only internationally, but even between disputing landowners. A Canon emanating from the 1175 Council of Westminster stated those 'who espouse infants to each other in the cradle do nothing, unless they both consent when they arrive at the years of discretion.... where there is no mutual consent there is no marriage.' 
The whole subject of marriage laws is a complicated one.

Stan

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The Lighter Side / Re: Who registers death.
« on: Yesterday at 14:07 »
For a list of people qualified to give information concerning the death, see the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953
Information concerning death in a house. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Eliz2/1-2/20/section/16
Information concerning other deaths. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Eliz2/1-2/20/section/17


Stan

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If you can get hold of a copy, Michael Whitfield Foster's Comedy of Errors, it will prove most enlightening as to how the indexes were historically compiled and the errors and omissions caused as a result of late submissions by the Anglican clergy and the problems of reading their handwriting added to a very manual and labour-intensive system of indexing in pre-computer days.

See http://homepages.paradise.net.nz/mikefost/

Stan

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The Lighter Side / Re: Who registers death.
« on: Tuesday 14 August 18 17:07 BST (UK)  »
The following people can register a death:
a relative
someone who was with the person when they died
someone who lives at the address where the person died
someone who is arranging the funeral (but not the undertaker)

Stan

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The Common Room / Re: A carpenter by any other name?
« on: Tuesday 14 August 18 13:46 BST (UK)  »
From the OED
Carpenter;  ‘An artificer in wood’ (Johnson); as distinguished from a joiner, cabinet-maker, etc., one who does the heavier and stronger work in wood, as the framework of houses, ships, etc.
He could also  build framework and undercarriages of threshing machines, straw elevators, and other agricultural machines, and fits the parts together.
Joiner;  A craftsman whose occupation it is to construct things by joining pieces of wood; a worker in wood who does lighter and more ornamental work than that of a carpenter, as the construction of the furniture and fittings of a house, ship, etc.


Stan

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Armed Forces / Re: Cyclists
« on: Tuesday 14 August 18 11:54 BST (UK)  »
This may be of some interest From the Liverpool Echo - Friday 25 June 1915

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The Common Room / Re: What's happening here do you think?
« on: Tuesday 14 August 18 08:35 BST (UK)  »
You don't need banns for a Register Office Wedding, the requirements are different. When a couple applied for a Registrar's Certificate instead of Banns being read in church, a copy of such notice will be entered by the superintendent-registrar in a book called “the marriage notice-book,”  which will be open at all reasonable times, without fee, to all persons desirous of inspecting the same. After the expiration of 21 days after the entry of the notice, if no impediment has been shown, the superintendent-registrar may be required to issue a certificate.
Always bear in mind that the marriage laws have changed over time so when the marriage took place is relevant.

Stan

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The Common Room / Re: What's happening here do you think?
« on: Monday 13 August 18 22:04 BST (UK)  »
Even though the banns were called it does not mean the marriage took place, also the marriage had to be solemnised within three months after publication, otherwise the banns had to be republished..

Stan

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