Bigamy?

Discussion in 'Court Records' started by Beryl Rhodes, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. Beryl Rhodes

    Beryl Rhodes New Member

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    What can I do to find out if my father committed bigamy can anyone help me
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    Hi Beryl. :)

    A good place to start would be with any marriage certificates that might be appropriate.

    However, have you any family members/old family friends who might have an inkling of such?
     
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    You could try the free site freebmd put in your dads name and see what comes up they go up to 1983 but do state not all may be covered.
     
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    Thank you I will try but so far I have not been very lucky in finding him
     
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    Huncamunca The Knowledgeable One

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    Hello Beryl

    I was interested to read on the earlier thread, started by Hugh, of your search for your father. If I can help any further I will gladly do so, though of course anyone committing bigamy is likely to take steps to hide that fact, making it hard to uncover the truth.

    Is it possible that your father's first marriage was before he married your mother? If he was not widowed or divorced when he remarried that might explain why he used a different first name when he married.

    As he was born in 1906 any first marriage could have been quite a bit earlier than the one to your mother. Like you I haven't spotted an earlier marriage on FreeBMD but perhaps he was married outside of England/Wales? Have you looked at the marriage indexes on Scotland's People in case he is there?

    I see that your Ancestry tree has a name for another daughter of Matthew/Malcolm. What do you know about this girl? (If you think she could still be alive then please don't name her here - if you send me a private message with details I will try to advise you on what to do next).

    Also (please excuse the interrogation!) do your father's navy records hold any clues? When and where did he join, and is there any information on his next-of-kin at the time? If the records show where he was at different times, it might help in narrowing down when/where another marriage might have taken place.

    Jane
     
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    Hello again

    Like Jane I was interested in your earlier thread. Here are a few of my thoughts.

    Am assuming you have a good reason for linking this second family to your father?

    I haven't been able to find a marriage to the lady mentioned in England or Scotland from 1922 to 1950 using variations of name and with or without his middle initial.

    The daughter mentioned in your tree, born before the divorce from your mother as I remember, would seem from free bmd ( if I have identified her correctly) to have surname and mother's surname as the same - mother possibly unmarried or married to someone of the same name as herself. The birth certificate would be worth checking if you have not already done so.

    With luck Jane may be able to assist you further!
     
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