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Don Newcomb

Member Since 17 Oct 2006
Offline Last Active Dec 08 2018 10:04 AM

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In Topic: Marriage not displaying if marriage is by Licence

05 December 2018 - 10:38 PM

I also have  instance where banns were read in 2 parishes (where they were living) but married in a third.


It was common for well-off sorts to have banns read in an outlying parish, then have the marriage ceremony performed in their home church. I'm not sure what advantage came from doing this.  

In Topic: Is "Sir" a title of nobility?

03 December 2018 - 11:53 AM

Be aware that many answers are anglocentric.  Things are very different in different countries. In much of Germany, princes were not necessarily royal. In Spain, all Basques were considered, by default, to be hidalgo (petty nobility). The whole list will make your head swim. 

In Topic: Marriage not displaying if marriage is by Licence

23 November 2018 - 07:58 PM

There are two events: 1) and intention to marry and 2) the actual ceremony. In the US there is typically the issuance of a license to marry then several days later the actual ceremony. The license is signed by the officiant and returned to the registrar to be recorded. Both dates (license and ceremony) are recorded. Sometimes, a license is issued but no ceremony takes place. In this case, the couple are not considered to be married. Now, in some US states a couple can (I believe) be married by same clerk who issues the license. I believe in some states any notary can officiate.


As I understand in UK the intention can be evidenced by 1) banns or 2) a license. (At one time banns were the normal method and licenses were quite unusual.) In either case there is still some ceremony. It's the ceremony that makes it official. 

In Topic: Entering names of royalty

28 August 2018 - 01:33 PM

I don't think there's a right or wrong way to do it. I'm not entirely consistent in the way I handle it.


For Charlemagne I have:

Given Name: Charlemagne

Surname: blank

Prefix: Emperor

Suffix: King of the Franks


Henry IV

Given Name: Henry IV

Surname: of England

Prefix: King


Edward I

Given Name: Edward I

Surname: Plantagenet

Suffix: King of England

Nickname: Longshanks

In Topic: Observation on genealogy software...RM best on....

24 August 2018 - 06:40 AM

I eagerly await the new V8 RM (Mac). I fervently hope the current source and citation system will remain as it is! ........



The citation system is pretty good. The system for managing sources is hopelessly primitive. You have a citation system that encourages you to create a new master source for every piece of paper you see and a flat-table, one-key source management tool in which to lose them all.