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Harry, it is very difficult concept. One thing which I found helps, is to find articles on DNA and genetics aimed at children. They are explained in very basic terms and these articles provide a very good basis for when you want to advance your knowledge.

Martin

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The Common Room / Re: Did my great-grandparents ever marry?
« on: Saturday 20 April 19 11:35 BST (UK)  »
Yes, we have extensively looked into other Jane Adamsons, most of whom are in North Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland and can effectively rule them all out, but that doesn't mean the same as ruling in the one that we think is our ancestor. I just keep hoping somebody will come up with an idea that we have overlooked.

Martin

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The Common Room / Re: Did my great-grandparents ever marry?
« on: Friday 19 April 19 20:36 BST (UK)  »
Some of the family thinks so but we are split. What we want to know is if Jane Adamson from Tudhoe is the one with George Leggett in Hartlepool in the 1890s.  The birth certificate will only show that a Jane Adamson was born in Tudhoe, and possibly name her parents.

Martin

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The Common Room / Re: Did my great-grandparents ever marry?
« on: Friday 19 April 19 19:51 BST (UK)  »
This is just a very brief reply until Sunday or Tuesday.  While Edwin Potter was a blacksmith in Tudhoe in 1861, I think that this was at a pit or mine, rather than a equine smithy.  He subsequent worked in a chemical factory as an engineer in 1891.

The family is split on whether Jane "Leggett" was born in Tudhoe, as she describes herself as from Durham, Durham in later censuses, rather than Tudhoe or Spennymoor.  Ultimately, verifying Jane's birthplace is more important than knowing if she married George Leggett. 

All the nice help is greatly appreciated.  More to follow.

Martin

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The Common Room / Re: Did my great-grandparents ever marry?
« on: Friday 19 April 19 10:09 BST (UK)  »
Jen, as I said earlier we know that, but it doesn't mean that he didn't have a bigamist's marriage. I asked a different question. And a subsequent one.

Mary Boynton Leggett was still describing herself as married.  Jane Adamson was widowed.

Martin

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There's no harm in asking twice.  Different people read different things at different times.

New joiners etc.

Martin

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The Common Room / Re: Did my great-grandparents ever marry?
« on: Thursday 18 April 19 21:29 BST (UK)  »
Firstly, Macwill, I meant that I didn't originally seen the hints but thank you.

Jane Adamson, my great grandmother was briefly married and widowed in 1889/90 before taking up with George Leggett my great grandfather.

The main reason I am interested in finding the second marriage certificate if it exists is to be sure about what their respective parents did for jobs as there is some doubt about the parents.

Can anyone tell me, how likely is it that a father's name could appear incorrectly on a transcribed certificate, without the (literate) bride ever being aware.

The bride was called Jane Adamson and her father is named as Edward Adamson, engineer, but we believe that Jane was raised by her father, Edwin Potter, but Jane continued to use her mother's maiden name as she was conceived before the marriage to Edwin Potter.

So after a lot of research I think it is feasible that somebody misheard the name Edwin and wrote Edward, and assumed that because the bride's surname was Adamson it was believed that the father's name would also be Adamson. Sherlock Holmes said that once you rule out the impossible, whatever is left, however unlikely, that is the solution.

I have looked at census entries for 1871, 1881, and 1891 for every Edward Adamson in the country and the closest to an engineer I was able to get were a gas fitter and a boilermaker, neither of which would really be described as engineers. Both of these were described as single men.

Can anyone with local knowledge of Durham or North Yorkshire, where the wedding would have taken place, in 1889 if there was one, give any further suggestions?

Martin

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The Common Room / Re: Did my great-grandparents ever marry?
« on: Thursday 18 April 19 16:15 BST (UK)  »
Ben, Mac, Carol, thank you.  I didn't see the helpful hints at all.

Martin

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The Common Room / Re: Did my great-grandparents ever marry?
« on: Thursday 18 April 19 15:37 BST (UK)  »
Jen, most of that is what I already know.  (It was actually me who wrote most of it.)

I am looking for fresh eyes, from newcomers, in the light of new developments and updated records, but thanks anyway.  Do you have any advice on what I asked about certificates?

Martin

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