Most genealogists search the obvious marriage records such as Church records and Vital Stats (Marriage Registrations or Certificates). These records are fairly well known but before Civil Registration began, in whatever country your ancestor was from, you will have to look for other records for a marriage date.
If we don’t find our ancestor in one of those common marriage records, we’re often stuck! Where to search next? The Ancestor Marriage Record Finder can help direct you to alternate sources for marriage records. All we need to do is think outside the box.
Ask yourself what happens when a couple marries? What events take place around a marriage? What kind of Marriage record paper trail is created at the time of marriage of an individual? The answers to these questions will lead you to other sources of marriage records and hopefully end that brick-wall.
Lorine McGinnis Schulze is the creator and owner of Olive Tree Genealogy website which she established in 1996. She is also the creator of several other websites, all bringing free genealogical content online for genealogists and historians. Lorine has an Honors B.A. in Psychology and a B.Ed. For 20 years she taught teenage boys who could not be in regular schools because of behavior issues. Before that she was a child care worker working with younger children with emotional disturbances, autism, developmental delays and cerebral palsy. Now she spends her days working on her genealogy websites and blogs and writing her mystery novels. Visit Olive Tree Genealogy and read more about Lorine and her books here.