When you order items from the Family History Library, it takes a few weeks for them to arrive at your local Family History Center. So you wait and wait to hear the four magic words: "The Films are In."
That's the call I received this Saturday. The films in question are marriage and death records for 1890's Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My great-great grandparents were married there April 25, 1891 and my great-great grandfather died there October 27, 1896. I received these details from indexes at Ancestry.com. I am hoping these films provide the records I need.
I haven't had good luck at the Family History Center lately. I can't find a will for John Laurens Williamson. There are lots of references to a will, but no will.
Last week, I poured over the early 20th century marriage records for Duncan, Oklahoma. I need the marriage dates for six daughters: my great-grandmother and her five sisters. The records began in November 1907. My great-grandmother was married in October 1907. Ouch. I found records for two of the ladies. 2 out of 6. Also, the records were computerized, which was disappointing. I was hoping for microfiche of the originals.
So now I sit here and wait for the FHC to open so I can look at the Milwaukee films. Will my great-great grandparents' marriage record be there? Might it hold the previously unknown identity of my great-great-great grandfather? I guess I'll just have to wait and see, cross my fingers and hope.