Friday, March 4, 2016

Marriage Records for My Maternal Grandparents

This is my first entry in the Fearless Females blog series that Lisa Alzo presents every March to celebrate National Women's History month. Lisa blogs at The Accidental Genealogist. Every day during the month of March, Lisa gives us a prompt to write about our fearless female ancestors. This year Lisa decideed to write about women who influenced, informed and inspired her. I'll follow her lead. I'm only four days behind, but I'll catch up. In the meantime, here is the prompt for March 4th:

Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents? Write a post about where they were married and when. Any family stories about the wedding day? Post a photo too if you have one

Referring back to yesterday's prompt about finding my maternal grandparents marriage documents, I came about them quite by accident. I though I had hit a brick wall, but one day, I asked Barbara what our grandmother's maiden name was. Yes, there's a much longer story behind this, but if you read the rest of the blog posts, you'll figure it out. Anyway, Baraba told me our maternal grandmother's maiden name was Barbara Sauka. Until now, I had only seen records that mentioned our grandmother as Bessie and I sure did not know Bessie was a diminutive for the name Barbara. I'd never heard of it.

So imagine my surprise when I went up on Ancestry and typed in the name Barbara Sauka. Bingo I hit a goldmine. Much to my surprise, I discovered the Massachusetts Index for Marriages 1841 to 1951. And there, to my delighted surprise I found the wedding date for my maternal grandparents: June 7, 1913 in Brockton, Massachusetts.

I was, to be honest, gob smacked as some say. Not only did I now know when my grandparent were married, but that they were in fact married right here in Massachusetts. Further investigation of census records states that both of my grandparents came to the United States from Lithuania (then Russia) in 1910. Not only that, but this record also listed the name of both sets of parents for Anton and Barbara. Now I know who my great-grandparent are.

So this is the beginning of a journey for me. Here is a clip of part of that transcription I stumbled upon. With the flip of a page, everything changed.

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