I'm going to tell you as little as I can without confusing matters however, I ll try to include enough for you to understand my problem and hopefully point me in the right direction.
My husband's grandmother was from the free state of Ireland as she put it and this allows him to apply for Irish citizenship. His mother was very proud of her Irish roots and she has all kinds of documentation that he needs to apply, except for one vital piece that shows a name change. As a teenager she ran off with a young man and got married. She always said it was an overnight, poorly thought out plan that didn't last. However, when I start collecting paperwork, I found her marriage certificate to my husband's father and she had signed it with the name from the first marriage. Now (I think) I'm stuck. My husband's parents were married on May 15, 1944. She was 20 years old. This information was plenty easy to find. The first marriage, I have literally only the groom's surname to go by. No first name, no dates and I'm not even sure where they were married. It could have been Las Vegas I suppose! Or a Roman Catholic church for that matter.
If anyone has a clue where I need to look next, please let me know. Although processing has slowed down immensely in Ireland, it still takes 16-18 months at the best of times.
Thank you so much. I look forward to your advice!