[APG Public List] IL Marriage Question [marriage register]

Kate Foote kate at comm1net.net
Sat Sep 25 18:25:16 MDT 2010


Your post brought back memories of my mother's reaction when informed that her siblings were planning a 50th Wedding Celebration for their parents. My mother was the eldest child (of thirteen) and she was so upset at this news that she literally "..took to her bed." Obviously the reason for her distress was that now "everyone" (especially her husband and children) would be doing the math - Mom's 50th birthday was two months before Grandma and Grandpa's 50th anniversary! My, oh so proper mother, finally recovered, took the ball in her court and arranged a marvelous Golden Anniversary/Family Reunion - where she met and greeted all with her head held high! ;-)


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jacqueline Wilson 
  To: apgpubliclist Posting 
  Sent: Saturday, September 25, 2010 5:33 PM
  Subject: Re: [APG Public List] IL Marriage Question [marriage register]

  Ida, that is great advice.  When I was in Des Moines, I was able to search the microfilm of the marriage records for my grandparents marriage.  It was interesting as it listed parental information for the bride and groom, although the place of birth was only the country (Scotland for the groom) and the state for the bride.  This family is very matriarchal, so I knew the bride's information but not the groom's.  I did have a hard time finding it because my Dad was born Feb 1917, so I hunted all through 1916 for the record - I finally found it - Jan 1917, about 1 month before Dad was born!  Shotgun wedding anyone?

  On Sep 25, 2010, at 5:08 PM, Ida Skarson McCormick wrote:

  A certificate may just be a modern form with the information typed in. 

  Some time ago when I requested a mid 19th Century marriage record from Iowa, I asked for a photocopy of the record from the marriage register. To my surprise, the county took me quite literally and sent a long narrow strip of paper. After that I would request specifically also a copy of the page headings with page number and the spine with volume number along with any letter from an underage bride's parent or guardian bound into the register. You will probably get more and more accurate information from the marriage register than from a newly typed marriage certificate. 

  For 20th Century it may also be possible to get a photocopy of the application for license with signatures, although these applications may have been destroyed or turned over to a historical society or archives. The signatures are especially helpful when clerks have had a problem reading the names.

  --Ida Skarson McCormick, idamc at seanet.com, Seattle

  Jacqueline Wilson  
  Evanston, IL

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