Markets were an important part of our ancestors life. You can be sure that at some stage they either sold, purchased and visited a Market. They were also great social occasions where people could meet and potential husbands and wives could be found.
Gazetteer of Markets is a comprehensive list of markets, when they started and where they were located. The link given takes you to the Kent section but you can easily navigate to other sections including a explanation of the entries.
Who could our ancestors marry?
A list of Forbidden marriages was drawn up by the Church of England in 1560. This regulated what degree of relationship between a man and a woman could prevent marriage. This remained part of law until the 20th Century when it was amended, but the core remained.
Though some of our ancestors broke them, probably out of necessity. For instance a man could not marry his deceased wife's sister. However, there are many cases where this did happen.
Forbidden Marriage Laws of the United Kingdom F.M. Lancaster, a retired Senior Lecturer at Harper Adams University College, Newport, Shropshire (whose specialist subject was Animal Breeding and Genetics) has put together a straight forward guide from 1560 to the changes in the 20th Century. It is worth a look to see how this could impinge on our ancestors lives and prevent marriage or make a marriage illegal.
Many Historical and Family History Societies in Kent have published their programme of Talks for 2012. Many are open to members and to visitors. These talks are by experts and knowledgeable researchers and you can learn a lot about your ancestors by attending such talks.
Plaxtol Local History Group Meetings and Talks for 2012.
Members and visitors are welcome to attend the talks. An example of what is on offer:
Tuesday 14th February 2012, 8pm - IGHTHAM PAST AND PRESENT, a talk by Jean Stirk and David Williams.
Tuesday 13th March 2012, 8pm - THE CRAFT OF THE COOPER, a talk by Richard Filmer.
Full details, plus other information including how to join the Group can be found at Plaxtol LHG
North West Kent Family History Society-Sevenoaks Branch Meetings and Talks for 2012.
9 Feb 2012 Monty Parkin Kemsing - "A Village Remembered "
8 Mar 2012 Ian Currie - "Frost Fairs"
12 Apr 2012 Jean Stirk & David Williams - "Ightham at the Cross Roads"
Members and visitors are welcome. A donation is always welcome.
Full details can be found at NWKFHS meetings
Please note before travelling to any meeting you should always check the website and or contact any Society to ensure that meetings and talks have not been cancelled or changed.