Talk:Illinois, Cook County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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How would a user check a different index for these records? Lise 18:22, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

Check with the records themselves. Additional indexes are often kept with the registers. You could also check with the Cook County Vital Records Offices for a different index.

The Family History Library has a micrifiche index which was made by the county. I recommend that you try this one last as it is very difficult to use. User:TimothyNB

Since this article is about how to use the Illinois, Cook County Marriage Records database, I think the mention of an index is misleading and confusing.  That information would better be provided in the Cook County, Illinois Marriage Licenses article. Maybe this article should help searchers understand that not finding their ancestor listed in this database doesn't necessarily mean the ancestor didn't marry in Cook County.  Then explaining other ways to search for a marriage would make sense (including directing them to other articles within the wiki). 

This article really, really needs to be about using the search mechanism currently available within to locate records.  No one using the database can search by page, entry or certificate number (unless I'm missing something) so it doesn't make sense to tell users to do that. And people really don't need to look at EVERY hit of a common last name. That's where effective search strategies of the digital variety need to be explained and examples given. 

Was OCR really used to create the index fields?  If the index was created by FamilySearch Indexing volunteers or volunteers from a particular genealogical society, I think the article could/should say so!  The best way to encourage FS Indexing is to make it clear how FS Indexing is helping people right now.

By this point, you may be wondering why I'm not just editing the article!  Even though I clearly know how to edit within the wiki, what I don't know and can't find out myself about the data keeps me from confidently diving in to polish up the article.  Lise 23:51, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

I think the Style Guide section might better go at the bottom of the article, or even on the talk page.  It may be confusing to someone looking for information about the records they just searched on Certainly, the article should lead with the most important information a user of the records should have (and that isn't the style guide).  :-) Lise 20:43, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

I agree with Lise that the style guide information (and the {{Contributor invite}}} would be better located at the bottom of the article or even in the talk page, where it would be appropriate to put this note right at the top. --Steve 14:05, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

These records can't be searched by location, can they?  So I'm not sure it is accurate to say that someone should first know "the place where the marriage occurred" as the article states.  One of the most powerful things about this database is that you can discover a bride's name - so it is also not necessary to know the names of the bride and groom in order to search the database.  Lise 23:42, 2 March 2012 (UTC)