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It may be fair to say only that they were able to speed up, or slow down, relationships that were already forming.
In this sense they were probably not distinguishable from relatives, rivals, or others with an interest.
However, when farming families were widely separated and kept all children on the farm working, marriage-age children could often only meet in church or in such mandated social events.
Matchmakers, acting as formal chaperones or as self-employed 'busybodies' serving less clear social purposes, would attend such events and advise families of any burgeoning romances before they went too far.