Re: Newbie looking for a Jewish ancestor in a non Jewish family #unitedkingdom

Eva Lawrence

You ask whether you Jewish ancestor would have had to cut all ties with her own family on marrying her Christian ancestor in Church. I have a male ancestor who did this, and while I don't know how many of his Jewish   relatives he remained in contact with, he was a trustee of his Jewish brother's will, and I have no evidence of any formal converson either.  In  19th century England, civil marriages were the exception rather than the rule, and I don't believe that clergymen always asked too many questions of the couple.  You should have the name of your ancestor's father and his occupation on her marriage certificate.  If you only have the indexed version, you can buy a copy of the original record direct from the  Registry Office for about £11 once you can give them the exact details, from the index.
It's  free to register on their website and to fill in their form- don't go via any other genealogy site.

From her maiden name it may be easier to find out her family's religion.
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

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