Monday, 3 February 2014

Petition demands mothers' names be added to English and Welsh marriage certificates

A new petition is online demanding the addition of mothers' names to marriage certificates in England and Wales. here's the blurb:

In England & Wales mothers' names are not on marriage certificates.
This is not fair.
This is 2014.
Marriage should not be seen as a business transaction between the father of the bride and the father of the groom.
This seemingly small inequality is part of a much wider pattern of inequality.
Women are routinely silenced and written out of history.
There is space for the name of the Father of the Bride and the Father of the Groom and their occupations. On civil partnership certificates there is space for mothers, and on Scottish and Northern Irish marriage certificates.
Act now - sign the petition - share it with friends. Get this anachronism changed.

If you wish to sign the petition please visit

(With thanks to Kirsty Wilkinson @genealogygirl)


My latest genealogy books are Tracing Your Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, and Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet. My next Pharos course is Scottish Research Online, which commences Feb 27th 2014, 5 weeks, price £45.99.

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