The Marriage Certificate

New edition (June 2020) of the genealogical mystery novel by Stephen Molyneux. It replaces the 2013 edition.


When amateur family historian Peter Sefton buys the marriage certificate he sees on display in an antiques centre, little does he realise that it will lead him towards a potentially lucrative discovery and a long-forgotten family secret.

Through his research, Peter finds himself uncovering a series of sad and tragic events that connect the marriage certificate to a modern-day mystery. But, there's a complication. In his quest to complete the family tree, Peter learns that he has competition. It's not just a matter of pride; there's money at stake too!

Should he, the amateur genealogist, give up or can he beat the professionals at their own game?


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“I was enthralled by the way that the author weaves the different threads of the story together.” ----Peter Calver,

“Adding to the growing genre of family history novels, this steps away from the bloodcurdling thrillers that have dominated to focus on the real skills of genealogy and the interesting stories they can unearth.” ----Your Family Tree

"This book leaves you captivated and when you think you know what will happen next, the author totally takes you by surprise by going down another different mesmerizing path.” ----Tina Sansone,

“The author is an amateur genealogist himself and you can tell, as this novel has a delightfully authentic feel. Add in the probate research element, and you've got a sense of urgency that drives the plot. It's a well told and entertaining 'busman's holiday' for genealogists.” ----Family Tree

“Written from a number of different points of view, Stephen Molyneux has deftly narrated and woven together strands of lives a hundred plus years apart into an intriguing tale of genealogy and heir hunting. When Peter Sefton discovers a marriage certificate for sale at an antiques centre, its purchase draws him into the world of probate research. The names and family are fictional - he writes so convincingly about them, I had to check.” ----Heir Hunters Association

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Last Updated:  17 January 2021