Talk:Minnesota, County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Saw a Facebook post asking for feedback about the coverage table...LOVE IT!! I used to look at the Historical Record pages looking for this kind of thing and my experience was that it was "never there" so I pretty much gave up going to the Historical Record wiki pages unless I was really desperate or looking for other information. Will have to change my habits now :) Thanks! JanaStokes 02:24, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
I love the idea of a coverage table, but I would like to trust it.
My objective today: Waseca County, MN marriage records, 1900-1920. I started with the catalog and found that records had been filmed. On that catalog page was the invitation to "click here" to see them online. "Here" was the page where I could search by name and above the search fields were the words, "Currently the following counties are represented in this collection: Anoka, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Cottonwood, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Kanabec." Well, Waseca county was not listed! So I clicked on "Learn More" where I found the coverage table. The coverage table did not include Waseca County, but it did include at least 2 counties not in the list quoted above.
Do I believe the catalog entry or the coverage table? I could figure out through experimentation what counties are in there so far, but the idea of the WIKI is to help us save time. If I search for the marriage that I want and do not find it, what should be my conclusion? 1) The records I need aren't indexed yet, 2) They are indexed but the marriage didn't occur there, or, unfortunately, 3) Because the names were written too poorly for indexers to read properly?
I use WIKI regularly, but I am not familiar with "Discussions" and am not confident that this contribution is a discussion because there was nothing at the top of the page saying so. If it ended up in the wrong place, I hope someone who knows how will move it or delete it.