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warning - Vicars can get it wrong


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I recently came across the Will of an ancestor in which he mentioned his grandsons John and Charles Bamford. I looked for their baptisms and discovered they were the sons of Anne nee Botham and Charles Bamford. I then looked for a marriage. There was an entry on fs stating that Ann Botham married Charles Bamford in 1750. There it was an entry on fmp with an image of the original entry but it was for an Anne Botham marrying a Charles Botham. All there in black and white. Fortunately they married by Licence and a copy of the Licence showed all the same details except it had the correct name of Bamford. If it hadn't been for the Licence I would still be looking for a Botham/Bamford marriage.

So, even though everyone advises checking the original entry in the Parish Register, don't necessarily believe what the Vicar has written.


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