There is a reason a genealogist should look at every record, even when you do not think it may tell you “anything new.”

I have used St. Louis County, Missouri, marriage records before during the 1845-1870 time frame for several of my families. In the entries for these individuals, the names of parents were not given. Work on a new-to-me family indicated a marriage in St. Louis.

Much to my surprise, the 1862 marriage entry gave the names of parents of both the bride and groom. In this case, it seems that this specific Roman Catholic priest included the names in the information returned to the clerk.

I was going to look at the marriage record anyway, just to confirm the date. Just a reminder that you never know what something may tell you until you look.



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