The normal listing, in my experience, is that the woman would be listed with her married
name and "ex vidua" or some such so that it was clear she was a widow. If
you're lucky, the record might tell you exactly who she was the widow of. Going back
into the 1700s, though, you're sometimes lucky to get a surname at all, let alone a
And you can never discount the fact that at 25 your bride was an "old maid,"
hard though it is to believe these days.
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> On November 18, 2019 at 4:35 PM AR <rittiaki(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm interested in a scenario, and kindly asking for your help.
> If a woman's husband died and she remarried, what was her surname like in
> the marriage church record at the end of 1700s?
> Did the priest usually record her, with her ex-husband's last name, or with
> her maiden name?
> Here's the real scenario. The woman's last name is listed as Unkelbachrin.
> She was around 25 during the marriage. Isn't 25 a bit late for a first
> marriage at that time (end of 1700s)? Could it be her first husband's last
> Thank you for your kind help,
> Akos A. Ritter
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