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Offline barryd

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Re: Witnesses on marriage certificates
« Reply #9 on: Tuesday 05 December 17 05:55 GMT (UK) »
In the Register Office, 1889, Kensington. The Register Office venue is predictable when you read the following.

Name and Surname, Bernard Vidal Shaw, Condition Bachelor

marries

Name and Surname, Gertrude Wynne Dallas, formerly Cole, Spinster.

Condition:  The Divorced wife of Seymour Dallas. 
 
Then two witnesses who are not family.

Had Bernard been the divorced party they would not have given him such a hard time.

One of the witnesses John Allan Battersby a few years later - Barrister also Clerk To The Holborn Board Of Guardians

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Re: Witnesses on marriage certificates
« Reply #10 on: Wednesday 20 December 17 19:51 GMT (UK) »
You should always take notice of the witnesses often they are a sibling of either bride or groom and the siblings future spouse, or other relatives and can help to confirm you have the right marriage.  If you can see the actual register rather than a certificate by browsing a few pages you will see if either of the witnesses is the Parish Clerk or similar as they will appear on multiple marriage entries.

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Re: Witnesses on marriage certificates
« Reply #11 on: Thursday 21 December 17 19:59 GMT (UK) »
Thanks miw.