Every once in a while when I am researching I find other online indexes show up that show another Family History Library (FHL) microfilm number that is different than another index. After coming across these many times, I know there are several reasons why this could be. Some may include:
Not only do I like to get a copy of every single record I can about my ancestors, but it will also save me time in the long run. I can almost guarantee that if I didn't get this additional copy of their marriage license, a year or two from now when I am looking at this family again I will find that additional index that gives a different FHL microfilm number and wonder, "What is that record?" or "I should get this to see if it provides additional information about John and Sophia."
It takes additional time for me to spend gathering these "extra" or "additional" records that may just be copies or the original record, but for me that is okay. I am of the opinion that genealogy is not something that I need to do quickly or fast. I value my attention to detail when it comes to researching my family, creating citations of where I searched and recording what I did and did not find, and overall building my family tree with care. I find that the more detailed I am while doing the research, the more time it will save me down the road when I come across something and wonder, "What was I thinking?"
I have not done a lot of research on John and Sophia's family, but I would like to in the future. John died 2 June 1918 in Central, Bannock County, Idaho, from an ulcer of the stomach and Sophia later married a man named Charles Broady. I do not even have a photo for John, so that is something I would definitely like to have.
Note: If you are family and would like better quality copies of these records, please contact me and I would be happy to share the records with you, along with the appropriate source citations you can include with your research.
For experienced genealogists, it is very well-known that indexes found online may not be as accurate as the actual record, for many reasons, but less-experience genealogists may not know that. So for those of you who may just be starting to do your genealogy, take my advice and always try and get a copy of the original record, if at all possible. Time after time I have seen an index online or even in an abstracted book be very wrong or different from the actual record. I will talk more about this in a future blog post.
Image 1: Salt Lake County (Utah) County Clerk, Marriage Licenses, 19201-19600, Volume 49, Application for License to Marry, license 19558, John A. Anderson and Sophia Karolina Whelmina Bjorklund, application dated 23 June 1914; FHL Microfilm 429086 Item 1.
Image 2: Salt Lake County (Utah) County Clerk, Marriage Licenses, 19201-19600, Volume 49, Marriage License, license 19558, John A. Anderson and Sophia K. W. Bjorklund, license dated 23 June 1914; FHL Microfilm 429086 Item 1.
Image 3: Salt Lake County (Utah) County Clerk, Copies of Original Marriage Licenses, No. 19000-19999, Volume 20 (1914), p. 280, license 19558, John A. Anderson and Sophia K. W. Bjorklund, license dated 23 June 1914, FHL Microfilm 429306 Item 3.
Image 4: Idaho, State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death, Certificate 21467, John Albert Anderson, died 2 July 1918, in Central, Bannock County, Idaho; digital image, “Idaho, Death Certificates, 1911-1937,” FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org), accessed October 2013.