Re: scottish grandmother
By Alex Dow November 18, 2012 at 12:08:28
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There is a distinct possibility that your grandmother was married twice, the first time about 1908 to a male FERNS, followed by the later marriage that you are aware of.
If you go to Scotland's People and firstly locate her second marriage, VIEWing the Scanned IMAGE if available, it will give you details which will help clarify the situation-
Mccutcheon [Exact Surnames]
James [Forenames that begin with]
1918 (to) 1919
(BMD events late in any given year, eg 30th December 1918, are generally NOT INDEXED until early in the following year, ie January 1919.
However, the Marriage Record will have the correct date of 30th December 1918 on it.
However, it does illustrate that one must always allow some leeway when doing such searches, even when the correct date is known.
Because of the unusual SLat name of FERNS, you don't need to put in the other two parameters, but I have isolated them to help clarify the possibility of two marriages.
This brings up one Marraige to James, which has been indexed in January 1919.
Then if you simply substitute CRAWFORD for FERNS, an apparently additional Marriage comes up, otherwise conformimg exactly to the other parameters.
On a very few occasions, I have found three and on a rare occasion, four!
So I then tried looking for a marriage involving a (male) FERNS and BEATRICE CRAWFORDfrom 1900 to 1919.
I eventually pinned down such a marriage indexed in 1908, so with the possibility that it was in late 1907.
This was in Glasgow City, St Rollox.
It looks as though his first name is JAMES.
There is a "FERNS J" death recorded on the CWGC site, died/killed in 1917, Highland Light Infantry, buried OLd Monkland - but no guarantees.
There is also a JAMES FERNS Death on SP, 1917.