On 7 March 2016 my great-grandparents would have been married 100 years. That’s not how Ancestry.com has transcribed their marriage date from the records of Immanuel Lutheran Church near Basco in Hancock County, Illinois.
That’s not the correct date and that’s not the date given in the marriage record from the church.
The church record indicates their date of marriage was 7 März 1916. That’s March, not May.
The error makes me wonder how many other entries have the incorrect month of an event in this database.
There are the usual warnings here about checking the original and making certain the transcription was performed correctly.
In attempting to correctly interpret the date of the marriage, I read through several other entries on the same page the marriage register. There was another entry that struck my interest:
Gerd Janssen Ufkes married Trientje Maria Bruns on 12 November 1915. Gerd was a brother to Frederick who married in 1916. The witnesses to the wedding were listed as Fritz Ufkes and Teni Janssen–my great-grandparents who were married a few months later.
Nothing earth shattering, but I might not have discovered it had i not got to looking at the date of the marriage more closely. When Frederich and Trientje were married a few months later, Trientje’s brother Hinrich Janssen and her cousin Teni Adams were their witnesses.
It always pays to read the entire image as well.
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