Interesting. What faith were these marriages? Roman Catholic? What
period of time? Size of village? Would also be interested in
ethnicity. I ask all these to try to get a handle on the social norms
that surround the acceptance of such practices. I'm sure that the
academics have studied this to statistical death, but it's interesting
to see it "up close and Personal".
Sent: Saturday, June 05, 2004 5:06 PM
Subject: [S-R] Re: Meri / Mari - First Born?
On the Austrian side of my family there are cousin marriages. My
grandparents were first cousins (their mothers were
sisters). My grandmother's parents were also first cousins (supposedly)
but I haven't found any evidence. I believe that
they may have been 2nd cousins.
I have also found that a widow may marry one of her deceased husband's
cousins or even his brother. I've seen a
couple of those marriage records also. That could explain the same last
names in some marriages.
> Date: Sun, 30 May 2004 22:10:23 -0000
> From: "mlthrush" <mlthrush@...>
>Subject: Re: Meri / Mari - First Born?
>Okay, everyone, in my husband's family, his mother from Sambron,
>Saros was the oldest daughter and named Maria. There were two sons
>named Peter. The first one died and the second, born the following
>year was then given the same name, Peter.
>My grandmother was named Maria also but I haven't had any luck
>finding her records in Lubovec, Saros so I don't know her birth
>order. This is complicated by the fact that on all her documents in
>the US she lists her maiden name as the same as her married name!
>She came from a different village than my grandfather and I haven't
>been able to determine if she actually had the same last name. I
>believe she was my grandfather's second wife. Has anyone heard of
>two families with the same last name marrying in the old country.
>Did cousins marry each other back then, around 1905. Or could this
>be a coincedence, like two Smiths marrying? By the way, Maria named
>her first born daughter Helene (in US)
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