Re: [S-R] Re: question regarding marriages
According to Edit Fel, author of "Proper Peasants", "...future wife was chosen by his parents in the majority of cases." If this book is not in your library I would recommend it. Very interesting and covers a lot of information about the "old ways". My grandmother had an "arranged marriage" to quote her.
>From: Carl Kotlarchik <kkotlarc@...>
>Date: 2007/01/09 Tue PM 02:09:41 CST
>Subject: [S-R] Re: question regarding marriages
>What was the custom in the 1700s and 1800s concerning choosing one's
>spouse? Were most of the marriages arranged by the parents or did
>people mainly pick their own spouses?
>--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Bill Tarkulich"
>> John has some interesting rules of thumb. In eastern Slovakia, I
>> a wee bit different. Between about 1770 and 1914:
>> - Women marry about age 16-18. (in large towns: 18-20)
>> - Men marry about age 22 (at conclusion of military service)
>> - Courtship is generally 3-6 months or less.
>> - Time between children: approximately 2 years.
>> - 20% of all children never survive to adulthood thanks to disease.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: johnqadam [mailto:johnqadam@...]
>> Sent: Monday, January 08, 2007 5:33 PM
>> To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
>> Subject: [S-R] Re: question regarding obtaining more information
>> marriage records
>> Here's my approach. This will establish approximate dates.
>> All marriages occur one year before the first birth of a child.
>> All parents are abt 20 years old at time of marriage.
>> All marriages where the age is 30+ are second marriages. Look for
>> death of the first spouse within a month or two of the (re)marriage.
>> These are not "firm" dates. They just tell you where to look in the
>> To unsubscribe from this group, go to
>> http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/SLOVAK-ROOTS -or- send blank
>> Yahoo! Groups Links