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#1 Elynn


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Posted 06 June 2019 - 10:46 AM

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I came across something that I have never come across before - a prison register record (to Sing Sing) and the crime was bigamy.


My ancestor married this person, and then 6 months later he was sentenced to Sing Sing due to bigamy - he married her while married to someone else.  He was eligible for parole a year later.  According to the register, he was still living with her (2nd wife) when he was arrested - I'm guessing the first wife made the complaint as the register has 'unable to get along with first wife' as a contributing factor.


So how do I record all this in Rootsmagic?  Looking for suggestions.


Also, would the marriage be automatically made null and void?  Would I need to look for a divorce reocrd?  They were both Jewish, if that makes any difference.





Found this definition:  Bigamy is the condition of having two wives or two husbands at the same time. The second marriage to someone who is already legally married is void and may be annulled, while there is no effect on the first marriage.


So why would you need to annul a marriage that is void?

#2 Renee Zamora

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Posted 06 June 2019 - 03:52 PM

I would enter both as marriages and then add notes about what happened. I would imagine the 2nd marriage was void but if there is a marriage record you would want to use that source on it. 


#3 Don Newcomb

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Posted 06 June 2019 - 05:31 PM

Bigamy is just polygamy without legal sanction. As Renee says, the paper trail is what you're documenting. I suppose you could enter an annulment for the 2nd marriage, if you wanted to. I'd just annotate the facts as Renee said.