One of the things that has been bugging me for a long time is the fact that I don’t have the maiden name for Ellen, my 3x great grandmother.
This came to light again as I was sorting through some census prints the other night, William and Ellen GEERING lived in Lewes, Sussex and it has been quite easy to trace them in the census after their marriage, which was between 1861 and 1871.
I say “after their marriage”, but I can find no entry of a marriage in the GRO marriage indexes for them. I suspect that they didn’t actually get married, but until I have carried out an exhaustive search I can’t say for certain.
I have just ordered the birth for William GEERING (my 2x great grandfather) who I believe from the 1871 census was their first child, born in Q3 1868 in the Lewes Registration District. This should give me his mother’s maiden name, but may not help prove whether they were married or not.
This will give me another name to search in the marriage indexes and also in the parish registers for Lewes. Also it should mean I can trace Ellen’s birth and her identify her parents.
It also gives me something to look forward to next week, the arrival of an envelope from the GRO, hopefully containing some answers.