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Marriages of Some Virginia Residents, 1607-1800. 7 vols. in 4
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Marriages of Some Virginia Residents, 1607-1800. 7 vols. in 4. Dorothy Ford Wulfeck. (1961-67) repr. 2009. Softcover, New, 7 vols. in 4. 2,295 pp. total.
Marriages of Some Virginia Residents is a stupendous reference work and a recognized landmark in Virginia genealogy. Not only does it contain the records of approximately 40,000 marriages with references to about a quarter-million individuals, it also draws information from a body of sources altogether unique in genealogy. Unlike other published lists of marriages, traditionally based on parish registers, ministers' returns, and marriage bonds, this work derives from Bible records and references found in wills, deeds, court suits, and orphans' court records, as well as the traditional sources just named. The result is a collection of marriage records that is both comprehensive and unique.
As a rule the marriage records relate to three classes of people: (1) those who were married before settling in Virginia; (2) those who were married in Virginia; and (3) those who married after moving from Virginia to another colony or state (absolutely essential for determining the colonial origins of ancestors who removed to states like Kentucky, the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, and Indiana).
Most items are a composite of data found in various records. In general, each entry consists of some or all of the following: names of bride and groom, date and place of marriage, names of parents, sureties and bondsmen, place of residence, and a specific source citation. Brides and grooms are listed in a single alphabetical sequence; all other persons mentioned in the records are indexed separately.
"...researchers are indebted to Ms. Wulfeck who, over many years, industriously accumulated evidence of marriage..."--THE VIRGINIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER, p. 11.
"...these two volumes constitute a gold mine."--THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST, Vol. 61, No. 4.
"...it is valuable for providing clues for further research."--NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY, Vol. 74, No. 1.