|Helen Farthing at 18 |
(or 16, or maybe 14)
the Georgia’s Virtual Vault website. They obtained their marriage license from Laurens County (Dublin) on 30 November 1907 and were married the next day, 1 December 1907, by A.L. Hobbs, N.P. & J.P (Notary Public & Justice of the Peace)
|Helen Farthing with Tim, 1958|
Here’s your summary:
- Family stories and histories can provide valuable clues. Sometimes all you need is a name to help confirm some documentation. It’s not proof, but it can move up the probabilities, so that it becomes reasonable to pursue additional research which can provide corroboration.
- Census forms, particularly from the decades surrounding the turn of the last century, are often rich in details which can add to the texture of your family history.
- The handwriting on the census forms can be difficult to decipher. Don’t waste time trying to decipher the printed column headings. Use a resource such as the census blanks available from Ancestry.com or another source. Many websites provide the blanks in downloadable form, and they can also be obtained from most FamilySearch Centers (formerly Family History Centers).
- Don’t forget to try to confirm facts with multiple sources. Tombstones, marriage records, death records, family Bibles, census forms and family histories should all be weighed and considered carefully. No single document can provide all the evidence you need, but each is a piece of the puzzle.