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    Can anyone think of a way of finding out his wife's name

    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.

    #2
    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.

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      #3
      Have you tried a "Who's Who" for the local area?



      Researching Irish families: FARMER, McBRIDE McQUADE, McQUAID, KIRK, SANDS/SANAHAN (Cork), BARR,

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        #4
        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

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          #5
          If it's spelt Geeta it is also an Indian name.

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            #6
            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.

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              #7
              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.

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                #8
                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.

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                  #9
                  Where did you find the date of their marriage?

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                    #10
                    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.
                    Chrissie passed away in January 2020.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by maggie_4_7 View Post
                      Where did you find the date of their marriage?
                      The BMD index, but it only gives the surname not her first name.

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                        #12
                        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.
                        KiteRunner

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by LorraineJ View Post
                          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.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by maggie_4_7 View Post
                            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.
                            KiteRunner

                            Every five years or so I look back on my life and I have a good... laugh"
                            (Indigo Girls, "Watershed")

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by KiteRunner View Post
                              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 and then someone can take a look.
                              Last edited by maggie_4_7; 12-03-09, 08:29. Reason: speeeeeeling mistake

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by KiteRunner View Post
                                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.

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                                  #17
                                  Would there be an announcement of the marriage in The Times or a local paper?

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                                    #18
                                    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.

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                                      #19
                                      Lorraine has her name now Kazza. It is Gita.
                                      Chrissie passed away in January 2020.

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                                        #20
                                        have you tried googling the name brenda xxx

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