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LorraineJ
11-03-09, 18:35
I am trying to find out the name of the wife of a Knight of the Realm (part of hubbys family) and looked up on Peerage.com his name and hoped it would give this information. I have found the date of their marriage, but it only gives the surname. She is known in the family as Geeta, can anyone think of a name it might be short for? I am wondering whether its short for Margaretta, off to check that now.

LorraineJ
11-03-09, 19:13
Have drawn a blank there.

Incidently, the 'Sir' bit may sound grand, but it isn't really, its an earned title that as far as I know dies with him.

JBee
11-03-09, 20:02
Have you tried a "Who's Who" for the local area?

Olde Crone Holden
11-03-09, 20:11
Have you found the marriage in the bmd index?

I wonder if her name was "Gitta" - I know several Gittas and they are either Welsh or German.

OC

maggie_4_7
11-03-09, 20:14
If it's spelt Geeta it is also an Indian name.

Merry Monty Montgomery
11-03-09, 20:20
I have found the date of their marriage, but it only gives the surname.

Do you mean in the GRO indexes?

Her surname will be alongside his index entry if they married after 1912. To find her forename(s) you just need to look in the same year and quarter under her surname. The volume and page number and district name should match and his surname will be alongside her index entry.

LorraineJ
11-03-09, 22:26
I have found the marriage, so have found the surname, but it didn't occur to me I had the wrong spelling. Will try the other spelling and see whether I can find a birth date for her. Thank you.

LorraineJ
11-03-09, 22:34
Have checked and with the revised spelling there is nothing. It is possible though that he could have met her abroad and she wasn't born in the UK.

maggie_4_7
11-03-09, 22:36
Where did you find the date of their marriage?

Chrissie Smiff
11-03-09, 22:41
I'm a bit confused Loraine. If it's her first name you want I would be happy to look for you if you would like to PM me the details of date - his name and her surname.

LorraineJ
12-03-09, 00:00
Where did you find the date of their marriage?

The BMD index, but it only gives the surname not her first name.

KiteRunner
12-03-09, 00:11
Lorraine, the marriage entry for his name will only give her surname, yes, but all you have to do is look up her surname in the marriage index for that same quarter and it will show her first name there.

For instance, if the entry you have found is Sep 1920 Bloggs, Joe, spouse's surname Smith, London vol 1 p 100
Look up Smith for Sep 1920, and go through the entries until you get to one with spouse's surname Bloggs, London vol 1 p 100 i.e. ref numbers that match Joe's, and her first name will be shown in that Smith entry.

maggie_4_7
12-03-09, 09:13
The BMD index, but it only gives the surname not her first name.

I think you need to tell us the ref so we can take a look.

Or the mans name, year and qtr.

Or alternatively follow Kiterunner's instructions above.

KiteRunner
12-03-09, 09:18
I think you need to tell us the ref so we can take a look.

Or the mans name, year and qtr.



Maggie, the people may still be living in which case Lorraine can't post the names up on here.

maggie_4_7
12-03-09, 09:26
Maggie, the people may still be living in which case Lorraine can't post the names up on here.

Oh okay well I hadn't noticed the time frame and no year has been specified at all yet for the marriage!

The ref will do then surely :confused: and then someone can take a look.

LorraineJ
12-03-09, 09:58
Maggie, the people may still be living in which case Lorraine can't post the names up on here.

They are and I now know a lot more thanks to the help I have received. Turns out Gita's grandfather with German, but by the 1891 census was a naturalised UK citizen.

Roger in Sussex
12-03-09, 10:25
Would there be an announcement of the marriage in The Times or a local paper?

Kazza
12-03-09, 11:42
Maybe Geeta is pet name for either Margaretha (pronounced like the cocktail Margarita), Birgitte or Brigitte e is prononunced as a short "a " in German. Just a thought.

Chrissie Smiff
12-03-09, 11:56
Lorraine has her name now Kazza. It is Gita.

brenmac
12-03-09, 16:49
have you tried googling the name brenda xxx