The image above is the marriage record for William Waterhouse and Elizabeth Maria Pooley. (Click on the image to see the full page of records, and they are on the top right hand side). They were married at St. Paul’s Church in the parish of Bermondsey in London on June 20th 1849. The first witness, Amelia Ramsey, formerly Waterhouse, was the groom’s eldest sister. The fathers of both William and Elizabeth were sadly deceased by this time but their names and occupations are listed. John Waterhouse was a carpenter, and Richard Pooley was a silversmith.

Marriage records such as this one also give useful hints including the residences at the time of the marriage. St. Paul’s church was located on Kipling St. very close to the bride’s place of residence. These records are also great because we get to see actual signatures.