Tracing marriages in 18th century England and Wales : a reassessment of law and practice
Probert, Rebecca (2010) Tracing marriages in 18th century England and Wales : a reassessment of law and practice. In: Public lecture at the National Archives, Surrey, 18 Feb 2010 (Unpublished)Full text not available from this repository.
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The Clandestine Marriages Act of 1753 marked an important development in the history of marriage by putting the requirements for a valid marriage on a statutory basis for the first time. But what was the situation before 1753, and what practical impact did the Act have on popular practice? This thorough reassessment of law and practice is of particular relevance to those tracing their ancestors. First, the universality of formal marriage increases the likelihood that a record of an ancestor's marriage will exist somewhere; secondly, parish-level studies provide us with a clearer idea of where one may need to look for a marriage; and, thirdly, success or failure in tracing a marriage can be set within the context of the marriage law and practice of the time.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (Lecture)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
K Law > KD England and Wales
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Law|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Marriage law -- England -- History -- 18th century, Marriage law -- Wales -- History -- 18th century, Marriage -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century, Clandestinity (Canon law) -- History -- 18th century|
|Date:||18 February 2010|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Conference Paper Type:||Lecture|
|Title of Event:||Public lecture at the National Archives|
|Type of Event:||Other|
|Location of Event:||Surrey|
|Date(s) of Event:||18 Feb 2010|
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