Marriage of foreign national couple in Scotland

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julieanne
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Marriage of foreign national couple in Scotland

Post by julieanne » Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:05 pm

Hi.
I have obtained my grandmother's birth certificate showing the names and occupations of her parents who were Lithuanian nationals. The bottom of the same column is for date and place of marriage which shows an Ayrshire town, the month of June although the figures are a little unclear, either "1907 June" or "190[illegible] June".

Not being too concerned about the unclear part, I searched for a marriage record but nothing appears. I wonder if there is some explanation, or whether there was some other form of registration for foreign nationals at that time...something...

I have searched their names in the various archives but if their daughter's birth certificate indeed correctly shows their approximate date of marriage and the town in Scotland, I'm stumped as to why their marriage record can't be found.

Any advice would be hugely appreciated.

WilmaM
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Re: Marriage of foreign national couple in Scotland

Post by WilmaM » Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:08 pm

There are potentially several reasons why you haven't found the marriage:
It never happened
It wasn't in the month or year noted, depending on who registered the birth the info could be inaccurate
If they had, I'm assuming, an unusual surname it can be missindexed, mispelled or recorded under something quite different.
Or may be they weren't married in Scotland but thought it easier to say they were!

Have you looked at the family on the 1911 census ? That asked how long a couple had been married for and how many children, so you could work out a year from that.

As far as I'm aware the marriage procedure is the same for everyone in Scotland.

Perhaps you could give us the actual details and we can try to help you unravel the mystery.

Falkyrn
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Re: Marriage of foreign national couple in Scotland

Post by Falkyrn » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:26 pm

Another option is that it was an "irregular" form of marriage recognised as a legal form and perfectly valid but unfortunately not always documented.

Since Civil Registration began in 1855 if you got married in Scotland it was registered in Scotland - The points raised by WilmaM and the advice given are both sound and practical to start your search (again)
~RJ Paton~

carolineasb
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Re: Marriage of foreign national couple in Scotland

Post by carolineasb » Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:18 pm

When searching for one of my friend's Lithuanian family it proved really quite difficult as each certificate had a totally different spelling of their names as obviously it was just written by the Registrar how it sounded to them :(

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Re: Marriage of foreign national couple in Scotland

Post by nelmit » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:52 pm

carolineasb wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:18 pm
When searching for one of my friend's Lithuanian family it proved really quite difficult as each certificate had a totally different spelling of their names as obviously it was just written by the Registrar how it sounded to them :(
That was my thought.

Do you know you can search with only first names? That might be worth a shot.

Regards,
Annette

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