April 30th, 2009 at 11:23 am (Articles)
I subscribe to several blogs and newsletters on genealogy. Included in the list is the Family Tree Magazine Newsletter was a handy tip for finding marriage records.
Can’t find a couple’s marriage record? Women often wed in their hometowns, so search in the county where her parents lived. Many counties started keeping marriage records before states did, so start with the county clerk. If the Family History Library has the county’s marriage records on microfilm, you can rent the film through a Family History Center.
I know from personal experience that looking for marriage records can be difficult. Here is one of my personal examples:
I was looking for my great-grand parents from Missouri. I wasn’t sure where to look. I knew my grandfather was born in Lone Jack, Missouri, but I didn’t know where to go from there. Luckily I contacted the Missouri State Archives and requested a marriage records search. They only allowed one county at a time at that point (around 1985).
So my search began. I started with Chariton County, Missouri. I wrote to the Missouri state Archives by filling out a form they required along with payment. At that time they used a punch card. They didn’t find anything there. Next I tried Macon county and no luck there. And finally I asked if they would check in Jackson County. Bingo! The people there were able to find the recorded marriage certificate as well as a hand written letter from my great-great-grand mother giving permission for her daughter Malissa Johnston to marry Moses Warren. I was ecstatic. This had taken a course of about 3 months, but now I had photocopies including the hand written letter by my great-great-grand mother. Wow.
This taught me early on that it takes a little patients and diligence when doing genealogy. If you do not find info in one place, just keep trying. When working with any of the State Archives, ask them how they handle requests and the costs. When one thing does not work try another. The big trick is to keep searching.
April 29th, 2009 at 4:13 pm (Articles)
Today is a sad day at the library. One of our regular patrons has passed and today is his memorial service. I just want to take a minute to share a thought or two.
Barry was here at the library several times a week and always tried to sit in a favorite spot. We always knew where to find him. It seems a bit odd not to have him there in his corner.
This morning several of his family members stopped by to check the library and say hello. We had never met, but they knew that he spent much of his time here. I was heartwarming to see his family travel all this way. It is especially nice to meet his little grandson, who looks a bit like his Grandpa.
This is a reminder to us all, family is always with us. They are in our hearts and minds, for good and bad. We all have that link and connection. And sometimes we are linked and connected to people that do not share our bloodline, they are our friends.
Rest in peace Barry. We will miss seeing you in the corner.
April 15th, 2009 at 11:50 am (Articles)
Have you looked at the Sweetwater County Library System Databases lately? There are several new databases added the long list for your use. One that you will love is GoWYLD-Genealogy. This site is brought to you by the Wyoming State Library and the WYLD Library Consortium. It is rich in information and multiple links to sites that will shorten your searches.
Whenever I have been working on my family history, I always look for the websites that will help me arrive at my destination a little quicker. Well this is one I will be using for sure. There are links to site that will help you find obituaries, vital records, history, and more.
Included in the site are the following:
Wyoming Genealogical Information
Also included are links to WyGenWeb for each of the 23 Wyoming counties.
Take time to check this site out. It is well worth your time!
April 9th, 2009 at 8:51 am (Articles)
Just a quick note to say I would like to remember my friend Kathy Maldonado, who’s birthday would have been today. She was my genealogy pal and we spent alot of time sharing stories and pictures.
I miss you Kath!