Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders

J. Mark Lowe, FUGA
Dec 17, 2019
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About BCG
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Speaker's Introduction
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Reasons for Gretna Greens
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Marriage Statistics
15m 32s
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Strategies That Work
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Use the Databases
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Alternate Sources
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Many couples chose to marry in a location away from their home. Often there were reasons why it was a more convenient location to tie the knot. Sometimes, this decision was based on a romantic location or a place that would allow them to marry quickly without a three-day waiting period. These locations are often referred to as Gretna Green, the historic town in Scotland where thousands of English couples ran because of Scotland’s sympathetic marriage laws. We will consider the reason for a different marriage location, alternate sources to determine the location, and a few of the towns known as "Gretna Greens" in the United States.

About the speaker

About the speaker

J. Mark Lowe, FUGA is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer. While sharing personal experiences that help beginning and experienced researchers gain new skills and insights for research, he specializes in original records and
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    This is not the first webinar presented by Mr. Lowe that I have attended. He is always entertaining and enlightening! Thank you . . .

    A lot of great ideas to explore – priority is to keep and open mind!

    A subject I knew nothing about, now elucidated. Thanks.

    Always enjoy hearing Mark.

    Always enjoy J. Mark Lowe.

    always enjoy Mark Lowe! Good to learn more strategies for finding marriage records!

    Anything Mark Lowe talks about is enlightening and helpful to me.

    As Gretna Green was in the title, I expected more about England than the US although the same principles do apply

    Awesome presentation! Thanks for the clarification and handout. The STORIES are always so important and meaningful! Another great Mark Lowe talk!

    Brought up some very interesting resources, some I’d never connect with looking for marriages. The more webinars I attend, the more I try to look at every thing out there. Just about any record can yield info

    Excellent and very helpful!

    Excellent info on strategies and sources.

    Excellent pace, engaging strategies.

    Excellent presentation with useful information and key strategies. I appreciated the introductory information about BCG learning resources.

    Excellent strategies!

    Excellent to have the list of Gretna Greens in the US. Thanks.


    Excellent! Great content and ideas for those elusive relatives!

    Excellent, thought provoking webinar! Thank you

    Fantastic information. Thank you for this presentation.

    Fantastic webinar! So much good information. Thanks, Mark!

    Food for thought.

    Good information for further research.

    Got some new ideas for trying to find certs marriage/divorce for some family. They all lived on border areas, so now I have somewhere else to go.

    Great info on Gretna Greens! Thank you!

    Great information and well-presented!

    Great information presented in an understandable way

    Great presentation!

    Great speaker & subject.

    Great speaker…always has lots of information to share

    Great strategies!

    Great suggestions to expand my research!

    Great talk.

    He is absolutely amazing. Finally got to see him live, and he was just as he is on the webinars. MORE PLEASE!!!

    helpful handout; good stories to illustrate.

    He’s always a wonderful Webinar speaker!

    I always enjoy anything Mark has to say!

    I couldn’t get the audio to work at all

    I have been researching my family for 20 years. I always get new tips and tricks from Mark Lowe. He really knows his stuff and throws out methods which have been proven again and again.

    I really like how Mark does his presentations. He is very through with explanations that I can understand.

    I thought it was going to be about Greta Green in Scotland. However, the methodology is useful for other localities. This webinar would be especially helpful for people doing American research.

    Interesting concepts that will help guide my research in future. Thankyou,

    Interesting. lots of food for thought.

    It is always a pleasure to listen to Mark.

    It was good, but it seemed to move a little bit slowly.

    It was very informative. I had heard the term Gretna Greenbefore but had no idea what it referred to.

    It wasn’t what I was expecting– I thought Gretna Green was a woman’s name about whom there was going to be a case study– but I have encountered the phenomenon often of couples marrying away from their home communities while doing research.

    I’ve been trying to figure out Gretna Greens in the US for a while. The strategies discussed and references are VERY helpful.

    Learn new ways to find documents missing. Just great information. Thank you.

    Learned quite a bit but wished Mark had been able to use some examples from Canada or Scotland/England for those who don’t live in the US.

    Lots of great marriage resources – thanks!

    Lots of great strategy ideas. I always learn a lot from Mark. He is a good teacher, and a plus is that his specialty area is also the area I am researching right now!

    lots of specific information regarding links, things to think about, and what to put into your plan. especially liked the examples as they show real information and how they were found. Thanks

    Love Mark Lowe!

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    Maps and diagrams were great.

    Also really liked sources and information on your Bibliography.

    Mark always gives good information. Now if I can just actually do it right. lol

    Mark always has great examples.

    Mark did a great job tonight!

    Mark is always an excellent presenter and teacher.

    Mark is always great – knowledgeable and entertaining

    Mark Lowe always does great webinars! Just the information I’ve been looking for regarding questions I had on why ancestors traveled to a different state to get married.

    Mark Lowe gave us lots of practical advice for how to research our ancestors’ marriage records.

    Mark Lowe has the most pleasant voice – I could listen to him for hours but the subject matter of marriage laws was just fascinating since my family is part of that whole bouncing around KY to get married. Gave me some real insight!

    Mark Lowe is always interesting and informative.

    Mark Lowe is an excellent teacher! He has so much knowledge and has the gift of being able to communicate so it really sinks in. I saw him at an all day conference and have watched many of his webinars on Legacy Family Tree Webinars. I have all of his Legacy webinars on my playlist so they are easy to get to.

    Mark’s presentations are always great! Thank you! : )

    More time was needed to copy information from some of the slides.

    Mr Lowe is so very knowledgeable and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you!

    Mr. Lowe was not only extremely knowledgeable about this topic, but interesting to listen to! Perfect balance of technical information and storytelling.

    Much to think about and of course more research.

    No Comments; it was very good. I learned something.

    One of my favorite presenters! (75 yrs old so not going for certification.)

    So interesting and pointed me in a new direction for my research.

    So much helpful info for widening a seach.

    So much info as I’m looking for my mother and her first husband’s marriage license. I found their divorce but not the marriage. I now have a different way to look for it.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge

    Thanks, always learn something new.

    There were many suggestions presented thatI had not thought of before. This is exactly what I hoped for.

    This was an excellent and informative presentation by J. Mark Lowe, as always.

    This was an excellent presentation by Mark Lowe who touched on many areas to find missing marriage information.

    This was excellent!

    this was very informative. I am glad to know where to find the statutes of law for each state.

    This webinar gave me a new path to possibly find my 2x great grandparents marriage record.

    thought it was for cert. only

    very good

    Very good and gave good ideas to locate missing marriages…

    Very good, with pertinent and helpful visuals.

    Very informative – hoping this info will be helpful to me in my situation that I am researching currently on

    Very informative!

    Very informative. Interesting thought process to identify the whys

    Very informative. Loved the stories too.

    Very informative. Using geography as a resource was a reinforcement of more advanced searches.

    Very interesting and well-done presentation.

    Very interesting to see reasons and resources for finding marriage records.

    Very interesting webinar. I really enjoyed it.

    Very useful information. Thank you!

    was late joining, always enjoy Mark Lowe

    Well done! Great slides and lots of explanations. Thank you!

    Wonderful! So much information.


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