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# Thursday, April 09, 2009
GenWed Has Free Marriage Records, New Blog
Posted by Diane

The marriage records site GenWed just started a genealogy blog called Tracing Your Routes. They jump right into the fray with a review of points on both sites of the debate over the quality and reliability of online sources.

At GenWed, by the way, users submit ancestors' marriage information or digitized documents to a free database. Sources include license applications, certificates, banns (church notifications a couple intends to wed so the congregation can speak up if a spouse or some other problem is lurking in the closet), newspaper announcements and other records.

The site reports more than 25,000 free records for marriages in a range of states and counties, plus more than 30,000 links to “mostly free” marriage records and indexes on other Web sites.

On GenWed’s home page, scroll to the bottom to find the search box for GenWed’s free database, or click on a state name (on the right) to see links to marriage resources for that state.

FYI since we know many of you are keenly interested in the free links: The links under “Professional Searches” lead to fee-based sites, as do the “Search XX State Now!” links at the top of the state pages. You’ll also find ads with Ancestry.com search boxes and links marked with a $ that lead to subscription databases.


Free Databases | Genealogy Web Sites | Vital Records
Thursday, April 09, 2009 10:38:09 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [3]
Thursday, April 09, 2009 11:31:53 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hey Diane - thanks for the mention here in your blog; I appreciate it! I would like to clarify a couple things though:) The first issue of our blog is actually at the bottom of the roll- the GeneaWeb2.0 series is actually very new (posted last night)- older entries are all there though and I hope people reading this will check them out and comment.

Also- I have written an interesting perspective piece regarding pay-per and free resources- it's there in the blog- and has caused a bit of a stir in the comments [of a different article of mine]. We certainly do offer paid or professional services (via affiliations) but they have NO bearing on whether people can access our data...

Thanks again for the mention- I look forward to more discussions as time goes on! :)

Happy Hunting!
KS
Thursday, April 09, 2009 12:42:47 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
"First post" correction made, thank you. We agree that paid sites have a lot of value. Since we've found that people sometimes have a hard time telling an ad or link from the site's own content, and we do hear from readers on this issue, I wanted to give folks some pointers. Thanks for your comments, and I'm going to check out the post you mention right now. Thanks for your comments!

Diane
Diane
Thursday, April 09, 2009 12:52:41 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Absolutely! There are definitely (or there should be) tell-tale signs that a search is a pay-per service! Again- I appreciate the mention here- it's great to know that my blog is getting attention; I hope it proves insightful or helpful to at least a few people- especially those new to the arena :)

-KS

ps- you've got some great stuff here too :)
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