Shropshire FHS Apr 2017 Monthly Meeting

Tue, 18/04/2017 - 19:00

Subject - "Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved – Interpreting Your Ancestors’ Second (and Subsequent!) Marriages"
Speaker - Professor Rebecca Probert
Venue - The Old Chapel Community Centre, Cross Houses, Nr Shrewsbury SY5 6JH

It’s very likely that some of your ancestors married more than once over their lifetime. But why precisely? and what can their remarriages tell us? How likely was remarriage after a bereavement, and what social and legal factors affected that decision? Was divorce an easy way out of marriage? If people committed bigamy, what were the likely consequences for all concerned? Drawing on thousands of cases, from the Old Bailey to magistrates’ courts, this talk provides new research findings on the nature and extent of remarriage in past centuries and decades to help family historians interpret their ancestors’ lives.

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