Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Your Best Genealogy Research Find in May 2016

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.

This week, the mission was:

1)  I am away at the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree this weekend, having too much fun (I hope!).

2)  What was your best genealogy “research find” in May 2016?  It could be a record, it could be a photograph, etc.  Whatever you judge to be your “best.”

3)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, or in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.

A lot of my research that I did in May, I have already shared in my Trove Tuesday posts, or the posts on Wednesday for “Latest Research”.  I have also found other small pieces of information on various branches of the family, that I decided not to use in my posts.  This makes choosing my best find difficult.

In May, I found the marriage certificate for my 2x great grandparents Joseph Whimpey and Margaret Price.  I already had a copy of the certificate from the General Register Office in the UK, which had been sent to me by one of my dad’s cousin’s son in law.  In May, I found that FindMyPast has a collection of Monmouthshire Marriages, which include images of the original certificates.  How can I tell it was original?  The one from the General Register Office was all in the same handwriting, while different sections of this certificate were in different handwriting.

I have never questioned the General Register Office certificates – until now.  On the General Register Office copy the date of marriage was given as the 15th January 1840, while on the original, it was January 13th.

I also now had a sample of my 2x great grandfather’s signature (my 2x great grandmother was unable to read or write).