The Online Genealogist

John Brugliera

Speaking of newspaper marriage announcements…

I think it’s about time for some comic relief; genealogical in nature, of course!

As a young pup, National Lampoon’s “True Facts” was the source of much amusement for me.  Mostly consisting of dumb criminal stories and funny business signs, they would frequently include newspaper marriage/engagement announcements with comical pairings of the groom’s and bride’s surnames.  Such as “Black-White” (if Jack Black was engaged to Betty White), “Trapp-Dorr”, “Goode-Fellows” and so on.

When browsing through newspapers, I keep an eye out for such combos and collect the better ones, as they’re always good for a chuckle.

Here are some I found recently manually browsing through The Sun (New York City) circa 1874-1875, looking for a particular marriage.  [Note: I tweaked a few of these in PhotoShop for readability ONLY; none of the print itself was altered!]

Let’s start off going to Ohio by way of Iowa…

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But neither are Italian…

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Would you do business with this backwards investment firm??…

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Aw, that’s sweet…

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Here’s hoping their marriage turned out this way…

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Exactly what many of us do…

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Give us a smooch!…

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Trading in one “Wolf” name for another!…

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Not my first choice for a restaurant hiring…

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Because that white stuff ain’t good for ya!…

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And I had to include this one merely for the bizarre look of it…

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It’s not bigamy, but QUADamy!  And look who one of the grooms is – ha!

And did you know that The Sun also published DIVORCES?  (Helpful genealogical tip of the day.)

Here are two such “conflicting” notices…

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More like NO Moore, as in…

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Nearly all of the DIVORCED notices I came across looked like the above, with just one surname for both.  So I nearly fell off the chair when I saw these!…

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Yes, we needed that extra clarification – ha!

And, no – I didn’t find the marriage I was originally seeking, though did have a fun time LOOKING!

 

If you need any marriages, divorces, births, deaths researched, drop me a line!

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