Re: Require help in understanding items on the attached New York marriage certificate #records


Kate Dresdner
 

For the bride’s two given names, the given name on the record was likely spoken to the registrar or officiant and is spelled phonetically. The spelling of the given name on the bride’s signatory line was likely to have been written by Emma herself. For further research I would search using the two given names and the American name. This extra work is annoying of course but being through may lead to more records that include more information. 

For the information entered in place of the number of marriages, the recorder was being through. NYC would have had thousands of people that had the exact same names as someone else living in NYC and their parents names would be similar or the same as someone else as well. The groom’s name, Jacob Wagner, is incredibly common. The address of the groom’s parents would aid in separating one Jacob Wagner from another, when the need inevitably arose. The recorder took the extra space to write the addresses of the parents. There is no need to list zero marriages, since they were both listed as single, rather than widowed or divorced. 

Kate Dresdner

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