This morning, I had a couple of free hours before taking a trip to my mother’s where I’ll have no internet access. Well, that’s not exactly true. She has dial up access, which means waiting quite a while for pages to load. But I digress…
I didn’t want to get out a bunch of binders or anything so I decided that I would do some “cold call” type of research. I went to the Kentucky Digital Library and decided to search their copies of the Adair County News for any articles with the name “Stephens” in them. As I was clicking through the options, I came across a marriage listing for Laura Ellen (Bennett) George and Uriah Stephens.
Laura Ellen was the sister of my great-grandfather and Uriah was the brother of my greatgreat-grandmother. I’ve always found this marriage to be interesting as it was one of multiple times that my great-grandfather and great-grandmother’s ancestral lines intersected. Now I’ll have an exact date and the name of a minister that I can research. Perhaps I’ll be able to find some church records!
I’m often surprised by the things that I find when I “surf” a site without looking for a specific record. If I choose a site and just look for a surname, or even for a county, it’s not unusual to find something unexpected!