My First Official Record – Wm Hall and Lydia Ramsbottom

July 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

The Church of Latter Day Saints has undertaken the enomous job of microfilming vital records for people all over the world. Their Web site, Family Search, has many of these records online, including the marriage record of William Hall and Lydia Selena Ramsbottom

Groom’s Name: William Hall
Groom’s Birth Date: 1838 Groom’s Age: 25
Bride’s Name: Lydia Selina Ramsbottom
Bride’s Birth Date: 1842
Bride’s Age: 21
Marriage Date: 08 Jul 1863
Marriage Place: Blacktown, Madras, India
Groom’s Father’s Name: William Hall
Bride’s Father’s Name: Samuel Ramsbottom
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M00060-0
System Origin: India-EASy Source Film Number: 52185
Collection: India, Marriages, 1792-1948

Why do the Mormons do this important work, I wondered. I found one answer on

“Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, usually referred to as Mormons, place great emphasis on genealogical research. This is because their Church doctrine states that “saving ordinances” (including baptism, confirmation, endowment, and sealing-marriage) must be made available to every individual who has ever lived. To make these ordinances available to people who did not have the opportunity while living, Mormons identify their ancestors and arrange for baptism and other ordinances to be performed for them by proxy—that is, with a living person standing in for the deceased person—in a temple. Often referred to as temple work, this search for ancestors is an important part of the Mormon faith.”

As I began my genealogy work, I found many important records on the Family Seach site, especially for my Scottish ancestors. I have visited our local Family History Center in Cincinnati, but I just ordered my first roll of microfilm this week. I asked for the film that includes the record for William and Lydia’s marriage. I am hoping the original record has some additional information on it and will give me more clues about our family’s Indian Princess.

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