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27/11/2018 23:10:46

webbeing
webbeing
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Hi, I've just received a certificate for my great grandparents marriage, hoping it would then lead to their d.o.b.s For the first time ever in the Age column, all it says is "full" (I think) Did this happen often? Was it an indication of a particular age or an approximation?
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18/12/2018 11:02:49

ya jan
ya jan
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Thanks for the enquiry.

Many marriage certificates had the word 'Full age' meaning that the couple were over 21 and did not need their parent's consent to marry. Unlike today, many people did not disclose their age to all and sundry, but used this phrase to avoid giving the answer. If you want to find the age of the great grandparents start by finding their burial/death/obituary and work backward. Remembering it could be a couple of years out if the relatives were not sure but it could also be correct.
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