I hope this isn't too long. Many years ago one of my father’s brothers gave me a copy of their grandmother’s birth certificate, with the information that it had been obtained when she was applying for the pension. The date of the copy is 1917 and she was born about 1850 so this sounds OK. I duly entered the data into my tree and moved on. The data as given is Sarah EDWARDS dau of Joseph EDWARDS and Sarah KENTFIELD, born 1853 in Golden Place, London. Her husband was known (Luke BENNETT) so I didn’t fork out for the marriage cert, but traced them forward through census finding all the ‘right’ children. Approximate dates were found through FreeBMD (to whom many thanks). I got the marriage cert for Sarah K & Joseph E and hence their fathers’ names, but was unable to get further back. This was what I considered to be my brick wall. I was unable to find Sarah with her parents in the census between her birth and marriage, but I could imagine several scenarios where she might not be with them. As my situation improved I started sending for certs, and so many years later, I sent for the EDWARDS / BENNETT marriage – shock and horror – when they married in 1877 she gave her father as Charles Henry EDWARDS – where was Joseph? Again, I could see maybe I couldn’t find her with them because she wasn’t so she gave the wrong name through either ignorance or malice. I couldn’t find a Sarah with a Charles Henry either in the relevant census so went with the birth cert being correct. Like Joseph, Charles Henry was a coachman, though unlike Joseph he is entered as deceased on the marriage cert. So I started using a commercial site to investigate the EDWARDS / KENTFIELD couple, as my uncle assured me the birth was right as Sarah Bennett had owned it. I found a probate index entry for a William Kentfield, executor Sarah Edwards his niece – ah ha – so I purchased his will and her will. Strangely, neither mentioned ‘my’ Sarah, but instead an apparent sibling Elizabeth Sarah. So I started to really dig into EDWARDS / KENTFIELD. Using a matrix in OneNote I recorded all their children from parish records; by recording addresses as well was able to plot them clearly. They had seven children including ‘my’ Sarah and the Elizabeth Sarah mentioned in the wills. However only Elizabeth Sarah was with them in the 1861 census – hmmmmm. Pause for thought. So I started looking for burials – found six burials, added them to the matrix, addresses fitted in – including what seemed to be their Sarah’s burial. So I sent for the death certificate – and yes – she was the daughter of Joseph & Sarah Kentfield, and therefore not my great grandmother. So where the *&%$ is Charles Henry? If he was deceased, how long after her birth and before her marriage? Apart from sending for the birth certificate of every Sarah Edwards born in London for a 5 year period how do I track her down? Added to this, she seems to have been older than Luke, as she aged 35 years between the 1881 and 1911 census! Oh, and Luke lied about his age when they married, adding 4 years (18 to 22). They were both 22 in 1877 and by 1901 she was 6 years older than him, so I really have no realistic idea of when she was born. Although born in Regents Park area from three of four census, she married Luke in Bermondsey and they spent the rest of the lives in Hastings, so no interesting rellies living with or nearby in census. Witnesses at their marriage were one of his half-sisters and a male with a surname common where Luke grew up so possibly a friend. I am stumped, please can anyone suggest a method of cracking this brick wall, as my head isn't enough!! Thanks.