In searching for my grandfather, Amandus Diethrich, in Pennsylvania on Ancestry this is how I searched.
I first went to the catalog and proceeded by selecting Search > Catalog then filtered by selecting “Birth, Marriage & Death, Marriage & Divorce, USA, Pennsylvania.” In the resulting Titles I selected “Pennsylvania, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1845-1963.” Then I entered in the search box, his name then for any event, location I entered Pennsylvania and clicked the Search Button.
The first result listed my grandfather. I clicked “View Record” and then clicked the resulting image.
The image showed a bound volume of marriage license docket pages. The page of the image with my grandfather was on page 575 at the bottom, Series D No. 14225.
My question concerns the Source List Entry and First Reference Note under Section 9.4 on page 435 of EE 3rd Edition Revised. The entries show “Marriage License Docket, 1885-1905” for the Source List Entry and “Marriage License Dockets 1899” for the First Reference Note. I understand not using the date 1885-1905 in the reference note since the document is locatable by the volume and page number.
The question is if I don’t show the series “Pennsylvania, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1845-1963” in the Source List Entry and First Reference Note, how could I find the “Marriage License Docket” registration book if I were someone trying to find the record for the first time.
I tried to find the “Marriage License Docket” book using Ancestry’s catalog but could not find it.
When I search by selecting Search > Birth, Marriage & Death and fill in the search box as noted above I get the same “Pennsylvania, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1845-1963”. Which leads me to the same Marriage License Docket mentioned above.
I also don’t understand the difference between the “Series” wording for the Source List Entry on page 425 and “Specific Volume” wording on page 426. Is it because one is for a certificate and the other is for a registration?
I apologize for the length of the post, but I wanted to be sure I was explaining my confusion, so it was understandable. I want to be sure I am doing it correctly the first time. Any clarification you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Sincerely, Ron Stephen