Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WEDDING WEDNESDAY & VALENTINE’S DAY ~ How many of my ancestors or family members were married on Feb. 14th?



Let’s find out which romantic couples in my database got married on this special day.

I created a list using Legacy 9.  Search>Find>Detailed Search.  Use the following search and then “create list.”

14 feb query

My list came up with 5 romantic couples.  Who are they and what year did they marry?  I have entered only first names of living individuals.

My great granduncle & aunt – Michael Fitzcharles & Euphemia Anderson – 1879, Scotland

My grandaunt’s 3rd husband and his 1st wife – Earl Pettit & Gertrude Cole – 1925, Michigan

My grandaunt and her 3rd husband – Bessie Lindsay & Walter Heien – 1947, Michigan

The granddaughter of a distant cousin – Jill  & Curtis – 1992, Nevada

My 3rd cousin – Candis  & Kin – 1995, Michigan

How long did these marriages last?

The 1879 marriage lasted 39 years and ended due to the husband’s death.

The 1925 marriage, I don’t know.  I have no record of the death of the wife or a divorce.

The 1947 marriage lasted only 4 years because the husband died.

The 1992 and 1995 marriages are still going strong and celebrating their anniversaries today.

Here are some links to websites that explain how Valentine’s Day originated, in case you are interested.

What is Valentine's Day and How Did it Start?

History of Valentine's Day

The Dark Origins of Valentine's Day

How do you and your significant other celebrate?  Ron & I long ago chose to be completely unromantic when it comes to this day.  We, instead, take the money that would have been spent on cards or flowers and celebrate our romance when we go on vacation.  We are both fine with this and I don’t feel like I’m missing a thing.

Enjoy your day, whatever you decide to do,

Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2018   Diane Gould Hall



  1. I like your list of your romantic couples. My great grandparents, William Mills married Emma Arkin in 1899 in Manistee. The marriage lasted 32 years until she died in 1932. He always called her "My little Valentine." Love your blog. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks Michelle. I appreciate you reading my posts. What a sweet nickname for your great grandma. I love the stories of our ancestors.


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