|L-R: Marvin Corgiat, Unkown, Leola Corgiat, Ray Dancy|
I moved on to other things and even in that time let my ancestry.com subscription lapse. I was looking and using as many other resources as I could for other efforts. Then in February this year, Ancestry published their latest collection “Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952". And, without any cajoling of names and squinting to make things line up, the leafy hint popped up and there the record of their marriage was…in the right month and in the right year that I had provided to the clerks so many times. Leola Corgiat was spelled incorrectly twice (CORGAIT), but Ray's was just fine.
Is there a moral? I am not sure- because if was so badly misfiled that the clerks familiar with the records couldn’t find it, what makes me think I could find it during a costly journey to the records office? It was only through an exhaustive one-to-n scanning and uploading process that caught the record like a fish in a net. Then, it was through extensive indexing, a brute force effort by many folks that the record became known to me. I am well aware how no part of this was automagical.
|Michigan Marriage record for Mr. Ray Dancy|
I learned my grandmother was once a stenographer, I had only known about her days as a bookkeeper. Perhaps now I can identify the second woman (Evangeline Monacheim??) in the photograph. Overall, I'm of course pleased as punch the record finally came to light, but I can't say I have a reproducible strategy since "simply wait" is what got the job done in the end.
Ancestry.com. Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Original data: Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867–1952. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics.