These contracts are a good indication of a family's social standing because they included such things as requirements for children to be raised in the Christian faith and how much money they had for food and clothes.To find these records, check first with the state archive for the area in which your ancestors lived.Also check local town or community archives and genealogical societies for these and other unique records.
His work has also appeared in "Talebones" magazine and the "Strange Pleasures" anthology.
If work or extended travel takes your family to China, it is important to have a working knowledge of Chinese customs and how these customs differ from American customs.
This is especially important if you have teenage kids, because Chinese dating and marriage customs can be very different from those in the U. American teenagers are used to a dating culture where neither partner usually considers marriage until both partners are much older.
The many formerly independent kingdoms, duchies, and other small and large entities that made up the German Empire, led to variations and customs relating to marriage.
In addition, in the 18th and 19th centuries marriage laws were passed to limit population growth in the lower classes.
This led to more out-of-wedlock births and an increase in emigration.The prospective couple had to submit proof of property and employment income sufficient to guarantee that they would not need public assistance in the future.Hessen-Nassau and Bavaria had the most restrictive laws.A 1722 law in Wuerttemberg specified the minimum age for marriage as 25 years for men and 22 years of women.A 1822 Ducal decree in Hessen-Nassau had the minimum ages as 22 and 18 years.Some common customs and requirements in marriage included: Wedding contracts regulated everything that was brought into the marriage -- both possessions and children from previous relationships -- as well as what was to become of them in case one of the spouses died.