• Groom’s name, age
• Bride’s name, age
• Officiant’s name
• Officiant's address
• Date of marriage
• Date of license issue
By contrast, counties Iowa or Ohio in the same period collection a wealth of information. Parents’ full names, occupations, prior marriages, addresses, all of the creamy goodness of a great genealogy record are included.
|Vinton County Ohio marriage license, 1900|
What's a poor Cook County researcher to do? Well, the other day I was wondering how far it was from my grandmother's address to the church where she was married. And then it hit me (because I'm a little slow) – I could put all those officiant addresses in Google Maps – d'oh is me. Here's an example – the marriage license for William Donegan and Josephine Jankowski:
|Cook County Illinois marriage license, 1903|
Nice, eh? So take another look at your Cook County (or other big city) marriage records. You might be pleasantly surprised.