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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

READERS’ FEEDBACK: 15 April 2009

  • RE: Google & FL: Tourist registration list circa 1939
  • RE: Obtain license in Indiana and marry in Ohio?

From: Mary
Google & FL: Tourist registration list circa 1939
I was reading about the person who had found info by searching Google newspapers, where it prevented a print from the page. I don’t know how to respond to that person directly.

You can use the [ATL] +[print screen] keys on your keyboard. This creates a “copy” of the entire screen. You then open your “Paint” program (which is probably under Accessories). Then just “paste” [in Paint] then save the image to your selected spot on your hard drive. I’ve used this for anything that prevents me from doing a “real” copy of the contents of a page, or prevents me from doing a print.

THANKS for your suggestion. Ol’ Myrt here uses the screen capture option as well. I paste the image into my PaintShop Pro, but the photo editing software that came with your digital camera will work just as well. Then I crop the “extra stuff” so that the desired image is all that remains of the screen shot. I’ve learned from footnoteMaven to the tag the photo with information about the source, date and other identifying information about the image just before saving the graphic. I keep everything in a folder called genealogy data, so I am sure to see that this gets backed up regularly.

From: Joan
Google & FL: Tourist registration list circa 1939
One way BinBag can capture and print out the newspaper record (if using a PC) is to do hold down ALT and Print Screen at the same time, then paste the captured image into a MSword document or other word processing program. He can then print. One would have to check Google's rules about capturing images from their News service (especially if they are restricting the print option. There must be a reason). Hope that helps.

Good point, Joan! As with any material covered by copyright, necessary precautions must be taken by the library or archive (in this case Google Newspapers) to ensure fair use of the materials. For personal, non-published family history work, copying a newspaper entry is just like copying a page or two from a book mentioning an ancestor.

From: Kim
Obtain license in Indiana and marry in Ohio?
In response to David Clark's question, I have actually found a similar circumstance in my family records. The legality is beyond my expertise, but I was able to find proof of the different locations.On the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index ( there is an entry for an Albert Milbrandt marrying a Charlotte Krause on July 7, 1890. According to the index, it lists the county as Kane County, Illinois (where the groom lived). I then looked at the actual marriage book via microfilm at the FHL and it turns out that the marriage was actually done in Jackson, Minnesota (where the bride's family lived). The records listed when the license was issued and when it was returned about a week or more later.I would suggest trying going beyond the online index to prove or disprove the location of the marriage.

RE: Obtain license in Indiana and marry in Ohio?
The "American Uniform Marriage and Marriage License Act" appears to have been passed after 1911 (draft of the act dated 1911).

So the question for your reader becomes whether or not Ohio required a marriage license at all to be married in 1838. I don't know the answer to that question, but it is possible they didn't, in which case a marriage license in Indiana would be irrelevant. (Except to question why it was obtained.)

Thanks for moving the conversation forward. Ol’ Myrt here certainly learns new tricks from her readers all the time. It is vitally important that we view our ancestor’s lives from:

  • Historical perspective – what laws were in effect at the time?
  • Beyond an index entry – get the photocopy of the original document.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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