Monday, 12 August 2013

Two for One

Several years ago whilst undertaking my Diploma of Family Historical Studies with the Society of Australian Genealogists I was searching for certificates of family relatives in Victoria. I was able to locate several marriages that occurred within that state, by using the Victorian marriage index on CD-ROM. Having the registration numbers in hand, I proceeded to the Births, Deaths & Marriages Victoria website.

Using a reference number (VICBDM Marriage Reference 1885/4665) and names for one of the marriages I had on file, I proceeded to pay for and download the PDF document containing the scan from the original register. Within five minutes I had an A3 printout of the certificate (shown below). With marriage certificates received this way, there are two additional entries on the page besides the one that you ordered and in rare situations, such as this, you strike it lucky.

On this particular occasion I had hit the jackpot in that on the bottom of the page was the marriage of the brother I had just searched for, the marriage that occurred six weeks later at the same venue. (VICBDM Marriage Reference 1885/4667)

Source: Online image of Victorian Marriage certificate for Peter William Auld and Rose Mitchell, married 11/07/1885, registered in the Registration District of Bourke (Victorian Births, Deaths and Marriages, Marriage 1885/4665) and Marriage certificate for James Wallace Auld and Harriett Stevens, married 20/08/1885, registered in the Registration District of Bourke (Victorian Births, Deaths and Marriages, Marriage 1885/4667)

Transcription of certificates

The following is a transcription of the first Victorian marriage shown in the image above between Peter William Auld and Rose Mitchell. Peter and Rose were married 11 July 1885, with the marriage registered in the Registration District of Bourke.

VIC MARRIAGE REGISTRATION TRANSCRIPTION - REF NO 1885/4665
GROOM Peter William Auld
STATUS Bachelor
PLACE OF BIRTH Melbourne
OCCUPATION Iron Moulder
AGE 23
PRESENT RESIDENCE 1 Nowry Street North Carlton
USUAL RESIDENCE 1 Nowry Street North Carlton
FATHER John Auld
OCCUPATION Baker
MOTHER Jane Auld M.S. Fair
BRIDE Rose Mitchell
STATUS Widow 1883 (2 living children from previous marriage)
PLACE OF BIRTH Gippsland
OCCUPATION Hotel Keeper
AGE 24
PRESENT RESIDENCE Castlemaine
USUAL RESIDENCE Castlemaine
FATHER William Halstead
OCCUPATION Farmer
MOTHER Mary Jane Halstead M.S. McCauthy
DATE OF MARRIAGE 11 July 1885
PLACE OF MARRIAGE Erskine Manse Carlton
RELIGION Presbyterian Church of Victoria
WITNESSES Thomas Fair, Jane S. Yule
MINISTER Alexander Yule

A transcription of the third Victorian marriage shown on the page image above between James Wallace Auld and Harriett Stevens follows. As above, the marriage was registered in the Registration District of Bourke, with James and Harriett being married on 20 August 1885.

VIC MARRIAGE REGISTRATION TRANSCRIPTION - REF NO 1885/4667
GROOM James Wallace Auld
STATUS Bachelor
PLACE OF BIRTH Beechworth
OCCUPATION Brickmaker
AGE 27
PRESENT RESIDENCE Northcote
USUAL RESIDENCE Northcote
FATHER John Auld
OCCUPATION Baker
MOTHER Jane Auld M.S. Fair
BRIDE Harriett Stevens
STATUS Spinster
PLACE OF BIRTH Brentwood England
OCCUPATION Tailoress
AGE 22
PRESENT RESIDENCE Drummond St Carlton
USUAL RESIDENCE Drummond St Carlton
FATHER George Stevens
OCCUPATION Tailor
MOTHER Sarah Stevens M.S. Appleby
DATE OF MARRIAGE 20 August 1885
PLACE OF MARRIAGE Erskine Manse Carlton
RELIGION Presbyterian Church of Victoria
WITNESSES John Auld, Jane S. Yule
MINISTER Alexander Yule

This article first appeared in the Hawkesbury Crier, June 2006 edition, pp. 25-26.