Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Registers and what can be found therein

One of the enjoyable parts of genealogy is when you find something that helps you connect on a personal level with your ancestors. Today I had such an experience. Whilst going through the four generations of Amos' who will feature in my family history book, I discovered a scan of the Stretford Marriage register which has the entry for Amos BANNISTER (1730-1796) and Catherine ROBINSON. Not only did this help me pin down a more exact date for their wedding, but it lists the dates when their marriage banns were read and has details about Catherine's origins which will help me push back a little further on that line. Oh, and there's a little bonus too...

Looking at the entries on the page it is appears that each entry was signed by different people and the handwriting is quite distinct for each signature. So it is unlikely that this is a transcription of an original document, but a scan of the original register itself. That makes it quite probable that I am looking at Amos BANNISTER's actual handwriting. I never thought I would be looking at the signature of my great-great-great-great-great-grandfather from 1757 - it just makes this project all the more personal and relevant somehow.

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