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From: Barbara de Mare <>
Subject: Re: [NYDUTCHE] Marriage Notices from Dutchess Co, NY 1826-1851 [Weeks-Ferris]
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 18:26:10 -0800 (PST)
Ginny, I certainly understand and agree with your point, but if someone asks me to do a lookup in a particular book which they name, as I now seem to be being asked from Kelly's "Dutchess County Probates," I assume they are familiar with the book and its contents. I also assume if someone wants information from an index, it is so they know whether it is worth a trip or a letter to get the item indexed, as an index by itself I consider meaningless. I am probably being naive, but I also don't consider it my responsibility to totally do people's work for them. You also explained indexes very well in one of your posts.
When I am asked about more specific information than just to do a lookup, I always try to provide information on the source used, and what I know of its reliability. Those people usually contact me off-list. Last night i gave one lady off-list a whole rundown on the sources concerning the person she was researching. As a matter of fact that's all I did, as once she knew the good sources, she was happy to research it herself. I also explained the discredited sources, and how bad it is to repeat bad information. I told her where to find information explaining the errors in the works of the discredited sources in her line. Actually those are the people I like helping the most, as i know they are putting it to good use.
Ginny <> wrote:I think it is extremely important when doing lookups to include the introduction to the work you are performing lookups from when the lookups are first offered.
Any data is only as good as it's source and this is often provided in the introduction to the work which should be provided before lookups are performed and the archived introduction message link should be included in replies to look up requests.
What would the message with this information mean to anyone browsing the archives in the future.
Sarah Ann FERRIS m. to a Samuel WEEKS
10.14(10.27 1841 PJ) by Rev Whitehood.
Joan from the information given this marriage was published Oct. 27, 1841 in the Poughkeepsie Journal - The marriage record you are looking at is 3rd generation transcription of the actual marriage notice published in that paper!
Most of the newspapers referenced in the subject work are from microfilms that are available at Adriance Memorial Library in Poughkeepsie or the New York State Public Library. Some may be available at the Vassar College Library.
These notices were first asbtracted from the papers to index cards as part of a WPA Project - Kelly abstracted from the Handwritten cards for the Book - and Kinhunters has abstracted for you here - hence a 3rd generation abstract.
The notices were abstracted to the cards in a more or less standard fromat - reviewing the actual marriage notice on microfilm may provide additional information/clues.
This is an example of some Marriages I looked up on the microfilm - I don't know how they are abstracted in the subject Book.
Wednesday Morning March 30, 1842
At Red Hook, on the 17th inst. by the Rev. N. W. GOERTNER, SAMUEL SHEARS, of Milan, to Miss ELIZA ANN PHILLIPS, of the former place.
At Aurora, N. Y. on the 15th [?] inst. by the Rev. Mr. MALOON[?] Mr. SAMUEL C. JENNINGS of Palmyra, to Miss CHARLOTTE E. WOOD, of the former place, and daughter of CHAD SOUTHWICK, dec'd.
At Fishkill, on the 23d isnt. by the Rev. ABRAHAM POLHEMUS, Mr. ALBERT EMMONS, to Miss SUSAN, eldest daughter of FRANCIS HASBROUCK, esq. of the former place.
On the 23d inst., by the Rev. PHILIP ROBERTS, JR., WILLIAM H. PURDY, of McHenry county, Illinois, to Miss JULIA A. McWILLIAMS, adopted daughter of John Allen, esq. of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess county.
Although the lookups are most appreciated by many and thanks goes to Kinhunters - the notices as posted are useless to future researchers with out the introduction to the work. This Book was published in 1983 and does include an introduction as well as codes defining the newspaper from which the work was original abstracted.
On 3/23/2006 7:08:00 PM, Joan Fraser () wrote:
> Thanks very much for this information. I must look into this Sarah Ann
> There is a Sarah Ann FERRIS m. to a Samuel WEEKS
> 10.14(10.27 1841 PJ) by Rev Whitehood.
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