Context can help validate fragmented information

Although a marriage certificate can be a useful document when tracing family history, there are times when it might reveal more questions than answers.

In this case, a researcher was in possession of a copy of a marriage certificate. At first glance, the document seemed like a normal wedding certificate, but she questioned its validity for several reasons: the source of the document was unknown — although the patron had had it for years, she did not recall where it came from.

From the Augusta Chronicle