21 January 2011

With This Ring I Thee Wed...

Over the past two months I've been really focused on several projects.  One project at a time drives me nuts so I always seem to have several on the back burner.  The primary focus of this current project is marriage records. 

I've been amazed at the amount of marriage information I've been finding on line. Between Ancestry & Family Search I've been able to find literally hundreds of marriage dates & other marriage related details that I previously did not have.

On the family search site I found not only marriages but really good information on marriage records for children I did not have in my files and marriages as early as the 1670's and as late as the 1950's.  Some of the marriage dates I found had parents names & more!  Obviously not all the marriages I've wanted have been found, but I must say I was impressed with just how many states have marriage records available thru these two sites. 

It seems that as genealogists we get so caught up in the birth & death thing that we overlook the marriage stuff.  I was suprised when I did a report on my data base how many marriages I had that had either no date at all or the date was incomplete! 

One of my goals for 2011 was not to focus on adding persons to my file, but to go back thru my data base, find things that for some reason are missing sources or facts and fill in those gaps.  Sort of a spring cleaning for the genealogist!

Time consuming but so worth it!

Happy Researching!

1 comment:

Free Genealogy Guide said...

You're right. We are born alone, and we die alone, but marriages are what connect our ancestors from different families.