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Offline robweldon

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grandfathers as witnesses
« on: Friday 02 March 18 06:45 GMT (UK) »
On a few Parish Records for births I have in the early 1800s, the two witnesses appear to be the fathers of the two parents. Did this happen much, or is this just coincidence?
Thanks, Rob

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Re: grandfathers as witnesses
« Reply #1 on: Friday 02 March 18 10:19 GMT (UK) »
It certainly happened in the fishing ports when the father was away at the fishing. One of my ancestors was sometimes absent "at the Davis Straits whale-fishing" and the grandfather would stand sponsor for the child.

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