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New magazine fills void

A new family history magazine has hit UK shelves this month, filling the void recently created by The National ArchivesAncestors magazine, whose contract with the publisher has ended.

Your Family History, Issue 1The new magazine is called Your Family History and has been established by leading historian and genealogist, Dr. Nick Barratt. The editorial team includes members from his own research company, Sticks Research Agency, and aims to focus on readers’ personal stories and contributions.

YOUR stories, YOUR discoveries, YOUR mysteries and YOUR documents

The website provides a means whereby contributions (pictures, documents) can be sent for consideration in the publication. Readers who subscribe via the magazine are currently being offered a free copy of Nick’s new book, Guide To Your Ancestors’ Lives.

With Nick at the helm, I’m sure the magazine is in great hands and we wish him every success!

Published in: Genealogy | on May 6th, 2010 | No Comments »

Marriage of minors

No, I’m not talking about burly Welsh coal-face workers! Nor, for that matter, adolescents (necessarily). But I am talking “under-age”.

Many of you have probably already discovered via a marriage certificate the phrase “full age”. Whilst searching parish records you will almost certainly at some point come across the phrase “minor”.

Our ancestors considered “full age”, and thus anyone marrying at the age of 20, 19, 18, … could be considered a “minor”. Full age means they reached the age of majority i.e. they have become an adult. This used to be 21 but is now 18. That’s not to say, of course, that they weren’t adolescent:

“Before Hardwicke’s Marriage Act of 1753 there was no lower legal age of marriage, except during the 1650’s when it was 16 for men and 14 for women. In 1753 it was fixed at 14 for men and 12 for women and remained at that until the Age of Marriage Act 1929 when it was raised to 16 for both.”

Minors tend to be recorded alongside the consenting guardian/father(s).
Also, never forget that some people claimed to be of full age when in fact they were not!
Of course, this also differs from “age of consent” for matrimonial contracts and for sexual intercourse.
Check out the thread at for example. Much more information can be found from other sources too.

Published in: Genealogy | on April 29th, 2009 | No Comments »

Tree correction to GOLDSACK family … never assume!

Last night I found a great site whilst Googling some family ancestors (try it – you never know what you may find – but be prepared for anything!)

In searching for Sarah Elizabeth GOLDSACK, I located the site of Larry Goldsack at and located Sarah in the (very full) details page. It tended to suggest that Sarah’s mother was Mary Ann SHARPE, not HORN as I had believed.

This is entirely down to me assuming (again!) the wrong information. Searching on FreeBMD had found a few candidates for the family, around close registration districts; I had picked the wrong one! I should be able to easily verify this via Sarah’s birth certificate (which I do not yet have).

I have therefore updated the tree (go here) to reflect the change – I am a lot more confident in it’s reliability than my attempt!

I now have another great source to progress my mother’s side of the family!

Published in: Genealogy, Tree snippets | on April 28th, 2009 | No Comments »