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April 09, 2009


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It is also possible to go a little further before receiving the certificate, and that is to look in the 1911 English census for Mary Hoyland, wife, born in the same place and at the same time as Mary Hague.

In Britain in the 19th and 20th centurys, a young woman not found at home very well may have gone into service. Worth trying a broader search for them.

Ron - good tip. I have actually done this and believe I've located her. Isn't genealogy fun!!!

When you order a UK certificate you can make it conditional - in this case you can specify the condition that you only wish to proceed with the order if the bride's father is named Edwin Hague. If he is someone else then you would be informed and the order cancelled saving you wasted expense.

You could always use the two surnames to search for children of the possible marriage. Hoyland with mmn Hague. I often use this method when the marriage is between 1900 and 1911 as mmn is given on birth records after 1912. I also do a marriage search just to check their isn't another possible marriage in the area and I usually do the same searches for the other couple in the Hoyland/Hague marriage entry. It's not conclusive proof but can often point me in the right direction :-)

Great tip Geoff. I didn't know about the conditional ordering. I'll keep it in mind in the future.

Of course, with a young woman in 1911, she may be missing from the census if she was a suffragette and refused to be registered. My great grandfather had all his six unmarried sisters missing and I can only assume this is why. I can find all the men.

Could we reprint your article in our Gene Soc. newsletter?
Doreen Johnson
Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island in Washington (state)

Absolutely Doreen. Thanks for asking.

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