I told y’all that I was going to the Richmond County courthouse to look for some marriage licenses. Well I did and I found some nifty things. I had nine marriages on my list. I only found five of the nine but I am okay with that because I wasn’t sure if the marriages took place in Richmond or in Columbia County. The two counties are closely linked. I will be going to the Columbia County Probate Court this afternoon.
What was even more fun is I found two unexpected marriages just by accident. I found a new first marriage for someone in my file that I didn’t know about. I had his second marriage which I thought was his first. The other thing I found was the marriage license of the parent’s of a good friend of mine from church. I texted her and she was pretty excited. Her parents happened to have the same surname as one of the people I was looking for so I saw her parents in the index.
Both the Richmond and Columbia County Probate Courts are very friendly toward genealogists. You are allowed to root around in the records without being bothered. I know that other researchers are not this lucky. Some courthouses put severe restrictions on what you can and cannot do. So far I have never had a problem in any courthouse in any state that I have been to. Maybe the south is just friendlier than the north (can’t wait to hear the responses to that).
Always call ahead and find out what the rules are.
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