Another issue with the “Oklahoma County Marriages, 1891-1959” record collection is the name. There is a county in Oklahoma named Oklahoma. Many of our customers--and even a staff member-- at the library look at the title and say "My relatives didn't marry in Oklahoma County, so why look at this?"
I couldn’t agree more. FamilySearch tends to make one of two mistakes in such record collections:
- As you discovered, they make a collection title ambiguous by adding “County” to indicate that the records were created at the county level. Sometimes FamilySearch attempts to clarify the meaning by adding a comma or the word “State,” as in “Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950” or “Washington State County Marriages, 1858-1950.”
- Collections like “West Virginia Deaths, 1853-1970” don’t have a problem with the title, but it’s because FamilySearch combined records created in counties with records created by the state. That is an extremely serious violation of both genealogical and archival principles.
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To produce this blog I use a free service from Google. They’ve proven very reliable. But Friday the 13th was too much for them. There was a 24 hour period Thursday and Friday during which I could not post new articles and you could not leave comments. I’m sorry if you got multiple copies of articles, or if you couldn’t post comments, or if you posted comments and they were deleted. Hopefully all the problems are now in the past.
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