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My husband’s grandfather had the same name as a few hundred others (Peter Johnson).Â I knew where they lived, and in what year, but could not find him in the index.Â I looked through the census for the township in Minnesota, where I knew them to be.Â Sure enough there was the whole family (all the siblings) and Peter Gunson as the father.Â Had I not known the names of the siblings I would not have recognized Gunson as Johnson.
Special Section for Underage Marriages
In some counties if the bride or groom were underage, their marriage was recorded in a special section of the Marriage Register.Â If you can’t find their names registered, be sure to check with the clerk to see if they have a special section for underage marriages in the register.
When I was researching my family the bride was 17, which was “underage.”Â They were registered in a special section at the back of the Registration Book.Â
Sandra Jaquet Miller
Heirloom Broom Closet
We were getting my deceased parents’ home ready to sell when we discovered a record of their grandchildrenâ€™s heights covering a thirty-year span, on the broom closet door. The door was complete with name and date, in the children’s printing and handwriting.
That broom closet door made a trip from the middle of the United States to Florida a few months ago, when we visited my sister’s new home. We made a small label for it which stated where it came from and that it was hung three and a half inches from the floor. One of my nieces, now with children of her own, saw the door and said, “Grandpa and Grandma’s house was the one permanent house to go to while we were growing up.” Her parents moved a lot because of business.
Now they have a piece of that house to refresh their memories and a record of their heights, to compare with present and future generations.
And, yes, my husband did make a new door for that broom closet.
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