Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved - Marriage Law for Genealogists - A Half-day Course on 28 May

It’s very likely that some of your ancestors married more than once over their lifetime. But why precisely? and what can their remarriages tell us? How likely was remarriage after a bereavement, and what social and legal factors affected that decision? Was divorce an easy way out of marriage? If people committed bigamy, what were the likely consequences for all concerned? Drawing on thousands of cases, from the Old Bailey to magistrates’ courts, this talk provides new research findings on the nature and extent of remarriage in past centuries and decades to help family historians interpret their ancestors’ lives

 In our second talk, the lecturer will look at how, when and where did people in past centuries marry This talk exposes the mistaken assumptions and folklore which lie behind most accounts of pre-twentieth-century marriage practices, and replaces them with the results of many years of painstaking primary research. Family historians just starting out will find advice on where ‘missing’ marriages are most likely to be found, while those already well advanced in tracing their family tree will be able to interpret their discoveries to better understand their ancestors’ motivations in this most personal and universal of areas, and whether their choices made them exceptional or normal for their day.

A half-day course on Saturday, 28 May (14:00-17:00) with Prof Rebecca Probert. Cost  £20.00/£16.00 SoG members. Places should be pre-booked, through our website or by telephone: 020 7553 3290. Do you have a question? email the events department.

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