Friday, October 11, 2013

Follow-Up Friday - This Week's Interesting and Helpful Reader Comments

Here are some of the helpful and interesting reader comments left on genea-Musings's post this past week:

1)  On Using the "Ohio County Marriages, 1789-1994" Collection on FamilySearch (posted 10 October 2013):

a)  Nancy said:  "It's interesting that marriages were recorded for Ohio counties in 1789 because Ohio wasn't a state until 1803. Until then that it was part of the Northwest Territory. I suppose marriages in that wild country happened and had to be recorded somewhere."

My comment:  The Northwest Territory was probably the administrative entity before statehood, and there may have been several "counties" that kept records.  Or they collected records after statehood.

b)   T suggested:  "You might find something here, too."

My comment:  Thanks for the suggestion.

c)  bgwiehle helped:  "1. This database has been available since at least Apr 2011 [as "Ohio, County Marriages, 1790-1950"]. It is frequently updated with additional index entries and images.
2. Because of the way FamilySearch has set up the records, each person indexed will have their own page. Depending on the entry and the indexer, there may be pages generated for six persons - bride, groom, and each of the parents.
3. Generally there is only 1 image per record for this database, but one should always check the previous and subsequent images, just in case. Also, some of the early records are organized in alphabetical Bride's and Groom's lists, so there are duplicate entries for each of those marriages.
4. There are still gaps in the coverage. Follow the "Browse through 2,648,655 images" link (on the database search page) to access the waypoints, which have descriptive titles (eg. Crawford County, Marriage records 1850-1854 vol 4). See for alternative databases and websites.

My comment:  Thanks for the information.  

a)  Michigan Girl noted:  " I've read a few of those blogs. Being relatively new as a blogger myself, I'm still trying to learn my way around. Your articles are very helpful.  With your permission I will add my blog site here: I cover lots of resources and how to's. I only named the site the way I did because of my Michigan roots. "

My comment:  Permission granted ... and I already had your blog in my Feedly reader.

b  Harold Henderson commented:  "I find that many of my better posts grow directly out of 'real life,' as yours did here!"

My comment:  Reality checks are good, aren't they?  Conferences and cruises are great vehicles for sharing your knowledge and experiences, and getting to know (and be known by) readers or potential readers.

a)  John D. Tew noted:  "Welcome back! It sounds like it was a wonderful trip even if you had some internet withdrawal. :-)  This is a very helpful post and I must admit I have not paid as much attention to the newsletters as I should. Thanks for the reminder and the links."

b)  Alona Tester added:  "Welcome back on land Randy. I'm a fan of these up-to-the-minute news blogs as well. One that I do also follow that you didn't mention was Chris Paton's British GENES (‎). While he does cover UK related news, he also covers world genie news."

My comment:  Ah, you caught me being North American centric again!   

a)  Mary said:  "My birth name is Mary Ellen Vaux. I ran across your post by accident. I noticed that you had a comment regarding being unable to trace the Vaux family further than this point. My father's family ended up in the Lohrville, Iowa area. His father's name was John Vaux and my grandmother was Mary Ellen (Clark) Vaux. I hope this helps. Feel free to contact me with more info or if I can answer any questions for you."

My comment:  See, readers, posting ancestral family information - cousin bait - even a census record, can help you find cousins who might have more information.  

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1 comment:

T said...

Ah, what WOULD I do without google and Wikipedia!!

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