”I found a marriage record I need on Ancestry.com. It has all the info on it, full names, place of marriage and date of marriage. I am still not quite understanding why I need to get the “original record.” You said that their might be errors in the index but I know their names are correct.”
“Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002,” database, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 04 May 2013), entry for Benjamin S. Harrison and Lucinda Grimes, 05 September 1846; citing FHL microfilm #0109273.
When you look at this it looks pretty good, right? You can document the information and use Ancestry.com as your source. But what does this index NOT tell you?
- Are the names spelled as they are spelled on the marriage record? Even though you say that the names are spelled “right” that doesn’t mean the index matches the actual record.
- Is the date listed the date of the application or the marriage itself?
- Are there any witnesses listed that might be relatives?
- Are there any loose papers inside the marriage book such as a permissions note from Benjamin or Lucinda’s parents?
- Is Lucinda listed as Miss or Mrs.? That would tell you if it is a first marriage or a subsequent marriage.
- Depending on the place and the time, other information could be listed on the license such as parents names, ages, etc.
- You also need to make a note of the clergyman that married them. This might give you a clue as to their church affiliation which could possibly lead you to church records.
You can either write to the Austin County Courthouse or you can order the Family History Library [FHL] microfilm that is named. The microfilm will have images of the actual licenses/certificates.
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