Saturday, April 16, 2011

Did You Google The Minister?

Does your ancestor's marriage license or record list the name of the minister, but nothing else? Try searching for him either at http://www.google.com/ or http://books.google.com/. I tried it on a minister in Chicago who used his name and address (but no church name) on a marriage record--Google found him on the history page of that church.

I used google books on the name of a minister from a Culpeper County, Virginia, marriage in 1806 and found out quite a bit about him.

If the name gives results that are too broad, try adding the name of the city/town or county where the marriage took place.

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