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From: "Penny Mercer" <>
Subject: [DEV] Stoke Damerel marriages
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2003 13:43:31 +1000
I've been looking at the LDS film no. 916923 which has burials 1772-1799 and marriages 1786-1793 and I have a couple of questions I'm hoping someone can answer.
The marriage entries have info on the bride and groom and the date, and underneath are names in brackets - usually two, but sometimes three names. In my case one of these names might be of a family member. A lot of the entries, including one of mine, have William Roberts as one of the names in the brackets. Do these names indicate witnesses to these marriages? If so, I'm a bit curious about this William Roberts who seems to have been almost a profesional witness. Any explanation gratefully received.
The film I'm looking at is a transcription of the original records. I've always preferred to look at the original records so does this mean I should skip ordering more LDS films and buy microfiche from the Devon Record Office? This seems a more expensive option. Is there a lot of difference between these transcriptions and the microfiche sold by the DRO? Do they contain more information than the transcriptions, and are the microfiche copies of original Stoke Damerel records easy to read?