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“Intra-marriage” and “marrying in” refer to marriages between spouses of the same race or ethnicity.

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Newlywed couples in 2008-2010 combines three years’ data for newlyweds.

Even though labeled as “newlyweds,” 42% of newly married couples in 2008-2010 have been married before (either husband or wife or both).

Kim Parker, associate director of the Social & Demographic Trends project, provided valuable comments and suggestions.

Research Assistants Eileen Patten and Seth Motel did the number checking, and Marcia Kramer copy-edited the report.

Usually as soon as the prospective bride got off the ship they were rushed to a preacher to get married.

Most single women in California quickly had several proposals for marriage.

Some of the first people in the mining fields were wives and families who were already in California.

A few settler women and kids and the few men who didn't leave their family worked right alongside the men but most men who arrived left their wives and families home.

Most women probably came by way of Panama as this was one of the fastest trips (40–90 days) and one of the most reliable—although expensive in 1850--0–0/person one-way.

Passage via Panama became much more predictable after the paddle wheel steam ship lines were up and running by late 1849.

In Ireland, the Great Potato Famine was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration between 18 that drove many desperate women to the United States and on to California.

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