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From: Dorri Roughley <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] Legal marriage name.
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 23:35:22 +0000
> Subject: RE: [Ess] Legal marriage name.
> Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 23:34:38 +0000
> They haven't as far as registering deaths when I went to register my mother's death a couple of years ago. Although I did have to produce a death certificate from a doctor...which you could hardly read. My mother registered my father's death and assumed she had to using the name on his death certificate....opps....did not match the name on his will, we got told off by the man at the probate office, that is how I found out about that you should use the name you are known by, not the name your parents resistered.
> When I married in 1980 the vicar asked for no evidence about my intended...he had known me for years. Banns were read for his side at his parents parish...not where we were living!! He did spend a couple of weeks there just before they were read.
> > Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 22:46:37 +0000
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> > Subject: Re: [Ess] Legal marriage name.
> > Just to give another example of how lax things used to be, even as
> > recently as the late 20th century:
> > We got married in 1988, and as the wedding was to be in a non-conformist
> > church we had to do the necessary paperwork at Colchester Register
> > Office beforehand.
> > The formalities went something like this:
> > "Are you both over 18?" - "Yes"
> > "Are you both single?" - "Yes"
> > "Are you both British?" - "I am, she isn't"
> > "Do you have your passport on you, Madam?"
> > I handed over my passport, he wrote down my name, he gave it back to me.
> > My husband-to-be did not have to produce ANY kind of ID or documents,
> > and if I had lied and said I was British they would probably not have
> > asked me for any documents either.
> > I'm sure things have changed since then!
> > Angelika
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