I'd be interested to know what the laws were in Australia. Please post them when you find out. And, what about the USA?
Thanks to all who are contributing to this. For me this kind of background is what makes family history worthwhile, when genealogy becomes social history.
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Thanks for this, it makes the legal position quite clear.
I know that 'childhood' is a fairly modern concept and children were expected to work, but, how common was it for a girl to marry at 12 or a boy at 14?
I'm hesitating to include some people until I have further evidence but I have one relative who seems to be fathering a son at 14 .......... seems teenage pregancies are nothing new. Wonder what the equivalent of the "Daily Mail" was in 18th century:biggrin:
Yes, they married in Clent, Worcestershire 21 Nov 1825. I have her christening as 13 Nov 1808 so looks like she was in fact 17..
I'll check out Joseph Thompson Cooper.
Thanks for your reply .............. they are ALWAYS helpful!
Was it usual for girls to marry at 16 in the 19th Century? What was the minimum age at which a 'child' could be married?
In my tree, I have a Phoebe Rock born about 1809 - married Nov 1825 and she has a 15 year old son by the 1841 census.
Thanks for your help.
Hi there, sorry I can't help, I only have access to sources here in the UK.
However, can I make a point which may help to avoid confusion? It might be better if you 'spell out' dates. For instance, 3-6-1883 ...... here in the UK I take that to be 3 June 1883 but I believe in the USA you mean 6...
Would it be possible for some of the more experienced people on here to post a list of websites which offer genealogical sources online together with the pros and cons of each?
I currently subscribe to ancestry.co.uk and I find it very useful for census returns.
Are there any...
Further to my earlier question about John Allcock's father not being named on his birth certificate, where is the best place (preferably online?) to find christening/baptismal records?
According to his birth certificate, he was born on 4th November 1869 at 37 Brierley Lane...
Thanks for the help on this.
I'm fairly sure I have the right certificates.
In the 1871 census, Sarah, John and Alice are all back with Sarah's parents (Ball) although the Allcock has acquired an 'H' at the front - becoming Hallcock.
In the 1881 census John (H)Allcock is still there but Sarah...
I'm new to all this so sorry if it's a stupid question .....
I'm researching the Allcocks in South Staffordshire. John Allcock's birth certificate of 1869 does not include a father's name, only his mother's (Sarah Allcock formerly Ball). John Allcock's marriage certificate gives his...