Monday, March 4, 2013

Fearless Females - Marriage Records

March 4 — Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents? Write a post about where they were married and when. Any family stories about the wedding day? Post a photo too if you have one. 

St. Vitus Basilica, Ellwangen, Germany

Several generations of my Rohrer ancestors were married at the St. Vitus Basilica in Ellwangen, Germany. The records I have go all the way back to my 5x great-grandparents in the 1700s, starting with Catharina and Johannes Rohrer.

The record below is for the marriage of Albert Rohrer and Walburger Fischer on October 19, 1846 in the St. Vitus Basilica. Their son Albert was born in Germany in 1847 and their daughter Anna was born in 1851 in Philadelphia, PA. Anna is my 2x great-grandmother and she and her brother Albert lived in Ohio by 1860.

Translation: Groom Albert Rohrer, shoemaker in Ellwangen, Catholic, parents Albert Rohrer, ? Rohrer, maiden name ?, widower. Bride Waldburg Fischer from Ellwangen, Catholic, parents Heinrich Fisher, Theres Dilger, unmarried. Groom born 22 Sept 1809 in Ellwangen, bride born 2 Oct 1818 in Ellwangen, no permission needed, proclamation read on 4, 11, 18 October, actual marriage 19 October [1846].

The record above is for the marriage of Albert Rohrer and Ursala Wailbl on Sept. 23, 1801 at St. Vitus. They were my 4x great-grandparents. There were also family and christening records at St. Vitus for their children Johann, born in 1805 and Albert, born in 1809.

Translation: 23rd of September
Matrimonially joined together are by Reverend Frid. Bechdolf the honest young man [bachelor]
Albert Röhrer from Ellwangen Johannes Röhrer and Barbara, married couple, legitimate son,
To the wise virgin [maiden] Ursula Waibl [in is a female ending] from Ellwangen, Johann Michael Waib, Deceased and Catharina his wife legitimate daughter: witnesses were Michael
Zieglbaur and Johannes Röhrer from Ellwangen.

The picture of St. Vitus is from Wikipedia. Thanks to Marj for sending copies of the records and for getting assistance with the translations! Thanks to Heather of Leaves for Trees for her tip on using Excel for ancestor graphics.

Once again, in honor of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.


  1. Your graphic handiwork is very nice! ;)

    1. Thanks Heather! Now if I could just figure out how to get those pesky borders off of the pictures... :)

    2. I've got you covered. It post it tomorrow!

    3. Fantastic! I'll look forward to that. :) It can't be that hard, but nothing I've tried has worked so far. I did at least figure out how to make them smaller.