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Discussion in 'General Genealogical Queries' started by SLJ, Jun 3, 2020.

  1. SLJ

    SLJ LostCousins Member

    Hello, does anyone know, was it common for the name Jean to be recorded as Joan?
    I am looking for a marriage between Jean Miller and Thomas Potts in the Bishop Auckland area around 1941. (Jean was born 1921/22 and was told she was 19 when married) The nearest match I can find (looked in all the usual places) Is a Thomas Potts to Joan Miller 1941 Durham Western. Is Joan Jean?
    Thank you
  2. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    From your description it seems that you've found a GRO index entry. It's common for the typewritten letters 'e' and 'o' to be confused, as anyone who has used an old typewriter with a fabric ribbon will know. But I don't know how the indexes were compiled at that time - in the 19th century they supposedly used handwritten slips, and it's possible that they later migrated to typewriters for the sorting process.
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  3. Bob Spiers

    Bob Spiers LostCousins Superstar

    The odds of it being anyone other than the Jean you are seeking is too remote to consider when you take into account the same named spouse, same place and same area. Even without bringing into play the Occam's Razor* principle I would think there is little doubt that Joan was a misreading of Jean, for whatever reason.

    *the simplest assumption is often the correct one
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  4. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    I am more cautious than Bob - I don't think you should make any assumptions until you have seen the marriage certificate, particularly since the information you already have seems to be rather imprecise.
  5. SLJ

    SLJ LostCousins Member

    Thanks, I have now sent for the marriage certificate.
  6. Susan

    Susan LostCousins Member

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