Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Family History Month - Clues on the Documents

There are lots of clues in the Scottish documents.

First, from the baby's birth registration, we get the date and place of marriage of the parents. This will give you the information you need to proceed with searching marriage records for the parents. 

From the marriage register, we get a great deal of information:

  • you will find the names for each partner’s parents, including the maiden names of the mothers. 
  • You will also get the marital status of each person, which will allow you to know if they have been previously married (and divorced or widowed). If they have been married before, you can go looking for that documentation as well
  • You will also learn if any of the parents have died prior to the marriage taking place. This will give you useful information for researching for their death records. 
On the death registration, you will get the names of all spouses the person has had throughout their life. If more than just your ancestor is listed, then you can go can start searching for other marriage records.  

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