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Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders
Thursday, June 4
Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, Inspire Room, 901 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie, TX
On Hold -
Will Reschedule (June 4?)
Many Couples choose to marry in a location away from their home.  Sometimes, this decision is based on a romantic location or a place that allows them to marry now without a three-day waiting period.  These locations are referred to as a Gretna Green, the historic town in Scotland where thousands of English ran because of Scotland's sympathetic marriage laws.
As researchers, we first realize a couple chose a different location because we can't find their extant marriage record.  Let's determine an appropriate strategy to find those records.

 J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer. While sharing personal experiences that help beginning and experienced researchers gain new skills and insights for research, he specializes in Southern resources and researches primarily in original records and manuscripts throughout the Southeast.
Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee that lies in northern Middle Tennessee along the Kentucky border. With family history in both states, a knowledge of the interaction of citizens along borders helps Mark resolve difficult issues using often overlooked records. As a national and regional speaker, he has brought these areas of expertise along with his unique humor and southern style to many diverse audiences
He also serves as a Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and Research in the South for IGHR at Samford University and Director of the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance (RIGS Alliance), learning sessions and hands-on research focusing on original documents and manuscripts at regional archives. Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including African American Lives 2, Faces of America, uneXplained (BIO) and Who Do You Think You Are?