Posted by on 14 February 2011 in General, Record Collections

Valentine's Day card

I hope you’ve all had your fair share of cards, flowers and chocolates today. Unfortunately, my wife left the house almost before I’d opened my eyes this morning. I’ll have to spoil her when she gets back this evening!

If you fancy injecting a bit of love and affection into your family history research, I suggest our Gretna Green Marriage Registers, 1794-1895. These romantic records detail thousands of couples who ran away from home to marry in secret – whether for religious reasons or just to escape family objections.

I’ve been trying to find couples who travelled particularly long distances. I’ve tracked down plenty who crossed the border from England, but mainly from northern counties like Yorkshire and Cumberland. If you come across newlyweds from further afield, please let me know in the comments below – let’s see who can find people from the furthest south…



Found at least 10 from Cornwall – quite some distance away, one was a vicar’s son marrying a major general’s daughter from Jamaica and its dependancies !! (ps – she was living in Middlesex)

14 February 2011 at 10:10 pm

Looking for any help on my amazing journey!! 3 generations, 3 continents, 4 women… so many secrets and questions.. Thank you with any help!

15 February 2011 at 11:24 pm