Last night we published two new projects for keying.
Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1810-1973
As genealogists, we love our vital records! So, it is always exciting when a vital records project comes through the Ancestry World Archives Project because it means the index we are creating will be available for free to anyone who wants to access this information. This happens to be a collection of marriage records from 1810-1973. This is a giant chunk of time so watch for form type changes as we key our way through this collection. Even though the forms may morph from decade to decade, the basic information we are capturing should remain the same.
For complete project instructions check out the Project Page on the Wiki – Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1810-1973
If you come across any anomalies or different image types than the ones shown, feel free to edit the wiki page so everyone has that help available to them.
I have family from Cuyahoga County so you’ll probably see me keying quite a few of these records hoping to find my own relatives and doing my part to get this collection completed that much faster.
California Biographical Collection, Responses to Vital Record Inquiries
Sometimes vital records are not available from official sources for a variety of reasons – the government didn’t require them to be kept at that time, they have been lost or damaged, they haven’t been collected into a central repository, etc. That just means we have to get a little creative about how we collect vital information for genealogy research. As a genealogist I’ll take vital record sources wherever I can find them. This collection is one of those unique sources.
During the 1930s and 40s, the State of California received thousands of requests for verification of birth, marriage, naturalization or death information on certain individuals. Frequently the information people were seeking was three or four decades old, prior to regulated state registration (which started in mid-1905). The state responded to these queries, sometime with positive results, sometimes negatively.
These 3×5 cards are the state’s index to those queries and responses. We’ll be keying “event” information as we find it on these cards – birth, marriage, death, and naturalization/registration. This will create a great source for vital records information for a period of time prior to state registration.
For complete project instructions check out the Project Page on the Wiki: California Biographical Collection, Responses to Vital Record Inquiries
Hope everyone enjoys the new keying projects.
Until next time – Happy Keying!
P.S. – Not yet signed up to contribute to the Ancestry World Archives Project? You can register here, download the keying tool, and help us get these vital records out to the genealogy community even faster.