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).