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== Collection Content ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
To begin your search it is helpful to knowat least one of the following:
*The name of the bride and or groom
*The approximate marriage date
*The location where the event took place
*The approximate age of the bride or groom
*The name of a parent or reletive
'''Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:'''<br>Fill in the requested information on in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors ancestor to determine if this it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the information about more than one person to list before you find your ancestor. Keep in mind:
When searching keep in mind:
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]]. '''Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:'''<br>
== What Do I Do Next? ==
When you have located your ancestor’s marriage recordWhenever possible, carefully evaluate each piece of view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information giventhat might not be reported. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other additional records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each and familymembers.
=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information. *Use the residence to locate church and land records.*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence age in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties. *Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. *Continue record to search the marriage records to identify childrenfind an approximate birth year, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can which will help you identify find their other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identifyrecords. *Use the marriage number information in each record to identify previous marriagesfind additional family members. *When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct. *The information in marriage Repeat this process with additional family member’s records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability to find more generations of the informant. *Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800sfamily. *There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
*Look for variant spellings Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the names. You should also look for alias namesname, age, residence, nicknames and abbreviated namesetc. *Search Remember that there may be more than one person in the indexes and records of nearby localitieswith the same name. *Try alternative search methods such as filling in Collect entries for every person who has the same surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then do the search. This should return a list of everyone with can help you identify possible relations that particular name. You can then browse the list for individuals that may be verified by records. *If you cannot locate your ancestorin the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search. *A boundary change could have occurred and Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the record periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor is now in a neighboring localityancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. *Remember that sometimes individuals went by [ nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [ these names] as well
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