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Searching GRO Index
« on: Sunday 16 September 18 11:44 BST (UK) »
Is there a quick way to search the GRO Index?  I have a marriage entry for a relative in 1911 and have the page and details.  I do not know whom he married.  Is there a way (short of paying for a certificate) to find the appropriate page in the same book to narrow down his spouse?

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Re: Searching GRO Index
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 16 September 18 11:55 BST (UK) »
Is there a quick way to search the GRO Index?  I have a marriage entry for a relative in 1911 and have the page and details.  I do not know whom he married.  Is there a way (short of paying for a certificate) to find the appropriate page in the same book to narrow down his spouse?
Are you using FreeBMD?   If so, clicking on the page number brings up all entries indexed to that page. Unless there are transcription errors, the spouse should be one of those.  More information here:

https://www.freebmd.org.uk/marriage-help.html
Rutter, Sampson, Swinerd, Head, Redman in Kent.  Others in Cheshire, Manchester, Glos/War/Worcs.
RUTTER family and Matilda Sampson's Will:

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« Reply #2 on: Sunday 16 September 18 12:04 BST (UK) »
Thank you, John.  Excellent quick answer. Most grateful. Alan (originally from Hastings Sussex).


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Re: Searching GRO Index
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 16 September 18 14:04 BST (UK) »
Thank you, John.  Excellent quick answer. Most grateful. Alan (originally from Hastings Sussex).

Just to add: once you have the possible spouses you can check for births (after Sep 1911) on FreeBMD for children born with father's surname and mother's maiden name (although if this was the mother's second marriage this won't work!) or check censuses and 1939 Register for the husband and the wife's first name.

Philip (used to holiday in Hastings when a child  ;D ;D ;D )
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« Reply #4 on: Sunday 16 September 18 14:48 BST (UK) »
Thanks, Phillip for this extra info.

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Re: Searching GRO Index
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 16 September 18 14:50 BST (UK) »
Thank you, John.  Excellent quick answer. Most grateful. Alan (originally from Hastings Sussex).

Just to add: once you have the possible spouses you can check for births (after Sep 1911) on FreeBMD for children born with father's surname and mother's maiden name (although if this was the mother's second marriage this won't work!) or check censuses and 1939 Register for the husband and the wife's first name.


The mothers maiden name doesnít change even if itís her second marriage, on the ones Iíve come across at least!
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« Reply #6 on: Sunday 16 September 18 19:36 BST (UK) »
Just to confirm philipsearching's statement.  I have a marriage where the bride's surname is that of her first husband, but the subsequent birth of a child shows mother's maiden name as mother's original surname - before any marriage at all.

So:

Fred A marries Clara B.  Fred A dies (for instance)

Clara A then marries Harry C.  A child of this marriage will show a mmn of B (Clara's original surname).

Transcriptions and NBI are merely finding aids.  They are NOT a substitute for original record entries.
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« Reply #7 on: Sunday 16 September 18 20:36 BST (UK) »


Using the example quoted . . . . .


I have     


Fred A marries Clara B     

No offspring     

They divorce

James C marries Clara registering/using her name as Clara A (ie her first married name)
[ ok? ]

James and Clara have offspring registered as Jimbo C ( mmn C )     


     

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