Re: What does "no obstacle between them" mean? #general

Jerry Schneider <jerry.schneider@...>

Miriam wrote:
I have a couple of mid-19th century marriage records >from Poland for
my ancestors which I've had translated, and the last sentences say
something like, "The spouses declared that the marriage was
successful and there was no obstacle between them," or, "No
obstruction to the marriage occurred." Does anyone know what this
It simply means that there have been no objections or legal reasons
why the marriage should not take place.

In the U.S., there usually is a phrase in the marriage ceremony where
the officiant asks the congregation

"If anyone can show just cause why this couple cannot be
legally joined in marriage, let them speak now or forever hold their peace."

This line actually refers to "legal reasons" rather than personal the bride or groom is already married, is under
age, or, if a minor, does not have his or her parents' consent for
the marriage.

Jerry Schneider
Burke, VA USA

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