Genealogy discoveries and mysteries still to be solved – The lost marriage

Lost, First Marriage

Over the summer I have been busy with solving a couple of genealogy mysteries on behalf of clients. The one, below, involves a lost first marriage.  Let me explain:

The first involved a lady who believed her mother may have been married before her mother and father met and married.  When this lady was a child an elderly aunt had once told her that her mother had been married before, and that she, this lady had a brother.  The revelation remained a secret and was never spoken of again.  Her mother died in her fifties and now this lady wanted to know if she did in fact have a half brother.

I was able to help her by searching her genealogy through the marriage records and birth records. Unfortunately her mother had a common name, and came from a city.  This meant cross referencing with over 40 possible matches with the mothers names.  I had to check for deaths of some of these 40 women and birth records around the correct time.  But in the end I found her mothers first marriage, which took place in a different city.  This is probably why her family did not know of her first marriage or birth of her first son, who was born just 3 months after the marriage.

The story turned out to be true and the lady is now hoping to contact her half brother.  However, I did not find a divorce record for her mother, so we believe her father did not know of the previous marriage or child.  I hope very much that this lady finds her half brother and gets to hear all about his life story.

(The client granted her permission for me to blog her story).

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Second story to follow soon…..

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