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Double Wedding?

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My grandfather and his sister were both married in 1904 and have the same quarter, volume and page number in the register.

I'm guessing that it's the same quarter rather than the same day as I would have thought it would take more than one day's weddings to fill a page. Then again I think their marriages must have been quite close to each others.

Would anyone know if the page number is for just one days worth of weddings?

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Hi Elanter,

I've come to the same conclusion as you. If they had new page numbers every day they would through quite a few registers. Suppose the only way to find out is to get the marriage certificates.
 
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Hello,

Yes I agree, it does seem unnecessary to have a page a day.

My list of wanted certificates is growing longer and longer. At £7 each I have to choose carefully so that I can get the most useful and relevant information.

I think I'll have to wait awhile until I can find out if granddad had a double wedding.
 
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Hello,

Yes I agree, it does seem unnecessary to have a page a day.

My list of wanted certificates is growing longer and longer. At £7 each I have to choose carefully so that I can get the most useful and relevant information.

I think I'll have to wait awhile until I can find out if granddad had a double wedding.
If they did have a double wedding then I would think that they were each others witness's?,

You could go and have a look at the parish register, presuming it was a church wedding of course. If you know where and when then try contacting the local studies library and see if they can copy it for you.

You might also try contacting the local register office, (if they married in one) as they might help you as to whether it was a double wedding or not.

whatever you decide, its definately food for thought.
 
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Yes it could be possible that they were each other's witnesses.

I would think it's most probable that they married in church. Unfortunately, I don't know which one. The marriages were registered in the Mile End Old Town district which I understand is quite large. My grandfather and his sister lived in Whitechapel and my grandmother lived in Stepney.

I have their addresses so I could try finding churches nearby.

Many thanks for you suggestions
 

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Hi Elanter,
Interesting point - I think I would agree with Julie. Maybe you could just go for the one certificate - perhaps your grandfather and you would then know where he married. It may be that his sister married in the same place and a check of those registers may comfirm this. I too have to try and limit myself as I would just get one certificate after another! Witnesses were often family members and it could be that his sister was one of his. If she had married just before him then it would, of course, be in her married name!
It would be nice to hear how you get on.
Liz
 
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Hi Liz,

I hadn't thought about the sister possibly signing the register in her married name which would imply she was married first.

Having a little think about it though, if there was a double wedding and they were indeed each other's witnesses would Ada (grandfather's sister) have signed the register after the ceremony, assuming it was just the one, and used her married name? I'm not sure how double weddings work exactly.

Another thought crossed my mind. If there weren't that many weddings in that quarter and the register covers the whole of the Mile End district couldn't they have married in different churches within that three month period? The brides came from Whitechapel and Stepney and although nearby they might possibly be different parishes. I previously assumed it was the same church. Perhaps one of them used a suitcase address if it was still in practice in 1904.

I think certificates would be the simplest option as I I would need to know the name of the church/es to look through parish records.

I know what I'm going to ask for this Christmas.

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Elanter
 
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