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Weddings are a pivotal turning point in any family history story. Findmypast recently released 33 million US marriage records in the first phase of a new collection, which when complete, will number over 100 million records spanning 360 years of American history.

These records will help form connections for so many tracing their family history, and prove instrumental for the many whose family trees are extended across the Atlantic to Ireland and beyond.

But weddings, and all their associated tokens and accoutrements, are more than connections made in family trees. They are a piece of your family's personality, and, as is so often the case when tracing your family history, the recollection of them can trigger many more reminiscences.

Here is a collection of some of the fine wedding cake creations of yesteryear shared by Findmypast users:

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