Using the wiki is a best practice step for any genealogist.
When I discovered the dreaded “abt’ abbreviation in the marriage date field for several of my English ancestors, I decided to once and for all put well-sources dates in their places.
Enter a search on the wiki for the England Research Guidance – Marriages article that had to exist under that or a similarly named wiki article.
It only took a moment to find it with a few carefully chosen search terms.
The first section on the page pointed me to the England Civil Registration article.
Wow! Its resource rich text quickly filled the research plan that I’ll use for the marriage record quest. What else would the initial article contain to further help in my quest?
I was in for a surprise! The mental plan that scrolled through my mind severely omitted a number of categories that would help find marriage information. Granted, I would automatically look in these areas, but not one of them were written in on the research plan. How many of them would I have forgotten after a long day of turning the crank on a microfilm reader at the library?
The index at the top of the page is the clue that I initially overlooked. I’m a guy. We don’t read instructions and rarely read indexes. Why take the fun out of the Hunt?
Let’s look at just a few of the suggestions in the article that focus on marriage records from non-marriage certificate sources.
The list continued with 20 suggestions to help me find the marriage information for my ancestors.
Do you use the wiki to aid in your own research? If not, do yourself a favor and start using it today. Don’t fail in your quest because you’ve failed to use the tool that can help you succeed. Click on this link for the wiki and say Wow!