Re: Why a 1911 Registry Office Wedding? #unitedkingdom #general

Jill Whitehead

I do not know about register office weddings in early 20th century, but I do know that it was not uncommon for marriages to take place at home, certainly in Scotland. My great grandfather's niece was married at his home in Edinburgh. He had come over in 1870 aged 15 with other siblings and cousins who were younger than him.   He married his cousin in 1877 in a synagogue in Edinburgh, but his niece (sister's daughter) had come over in the 1890s after her mother's and father's deaths, and represented a "poorer"  part of the family. She was married in 1906 at home with my great grandfather as witness.  This did seem to be a pattern with other similar instances ie poorer members of families coming over later being married at home. The first instance of Register Office weddings in my family was in the 1930's. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

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