For you, a marriage certificate is a legal document; for future generations this certificate provides meaning and history to their family tree.
The use of third-party genealogy databases such as Ancestry.co.uk and Findmypast.co.uk has exploded in recent times, particularly with the introduction of at home DNA tests. These genetic tests have the gift of unlocking family tree mysteries, often leading to breakthroughs in their ethnic origins and even finding long lost relatives.
While the use of DNA will help fill holes in your ancestry, it does not place your relatives in a time and place. This one sheet of paper provides many pieces to your family history research.
A Marriage certificate includes the following details which will assist you in your Ancestry Journey:
- Date of marriage
- Place of marriage ceremony
- Name and also the age of both parties
- Occupation and address
- Names of the witnesses
- Name of the person who has solemnised the marriage
Looking beyond the obvious entries, a marriage certificate explains religious affiliations, maiden name and close associations – offering different pathways to continue your family research.
Using Marriage Certificates for family medical history
While it is desirable to gain a better understanding of your family history, the detail in a marriage certificate and also a birth certificate may help you gain insight into your family medical history, also known as the medical family tree.
The details contained in a marriage certificate help to confirm a persons identity. These include the age, occupation, place and even the other parties involved. So, if you are looking for a missing parent or family member to help you piece together you family medical history then marriage certificates and birth certificates are the place to start.
Where can I get a copy of a UK Marriage Certificate?
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