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Ask Ancestry Anne: It’s Time for Wedding Bells!

Women’s History Month continues. Today’s prompt:

Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents? Write a post about where they were married and when. Any family stories about the wedding day? Post a photo too if you have one.


I’m pretty sure this is a photo taken about the time of my great grandparents wedding.  Wyatt Paul Gillespie and Laura Cecile Donald were married January 24, 1894 in Lexington, Virginia.

Tall men and short women seem to be a theme in my family. :-)

When I was researching this couple, I learned the value of looking for the marriage record and then looking to see if their names appeared elsewhere in the database.  Well, guess what.  Wyatt’s did.  I talk about in Returned not used: How I Almost Wasn’t

OK, now it’s your turn!  Post a URL to a blog post where you talk about a wedding in your tree or tell us a story in the comments.

Happy Searching!

— Ancestry Anne

Marriage Records Video and Ancestry Day in Philadelphia, Pa.

Our ancestors got married and we get the gift. Marriage records can include details that can spur our research back in time, but even beyond the names and dates, our ancestors’ weddings marked a big turning point in their lives. I often wonder about their stories. How did they meet?  What kind of wedding did they have? Who stood up in their wedding? I know the answers and have some great stories for some of my close ancestors, but for others, their big day remains a mystery—and I love a good mystery.

In today’s desktop education video, I talked a little about finding marriage records and some alternatives that may give you a little better look at your ancestor’s wedding. You can view it here on the Ancestry.com YouTube channel.

Ancestry Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 3 March 2012
In the video, I mentioned Ancestry Day in Philadelphia, where we’ll be teaming up with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania with a full day of workshops to help you jumpstart your family history.  You can learn more and register for the conference here. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!