If your ancestor was married more than once, there is the opportunity to learn even more about your ancestor through the records of those other marriages. Those other spouses may not be your ancestor, but those other records may provide additional information on your direct lineage. Ignoring those records may cause your brick walls to remain standing even longer.
Archibald Kile’s first marriage was in Ohio in the 1840s; all his descendants are from his first marriage. Records of his two subsequent marriages were particularly helpful as they took place when better records were being kept. Archibald entered the bonds of holy matrimony twice well after reaching his sixtieth birthday and records of these marriages provided his place of birth and the names of his parents. This was significant information for a man born in the 1810s whose death certificate in the 1890s is minimally informative.
My own ancestor Barbara Haase was married four times between 1847 and 1884. Records during this time period are typically uninformative. However her 1859 marriage record mentions her age and the name of her previous husband, something I was not expecting to see in the record. Looking at all her marriage records paid off.
If your ancestor stepped up to the marriage plate more than once, take a look. There may be more information there than you think.