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Wilbur Silas Carder and Erma Jeannette Alford Poole 20 March 1945
For years, I was not able to find my grandpa, Wilbur Silas Carder and step-grandma, Erma Jeanette Alford Poole's marriage records. Grandpa had taken a job in Tucson, Arizona shortly before they married. When I asked my dad where they got married, all he knew was that they got married "on the way to Arizona". That's a lot of territory to research between Ohio and Arizona! When Familysearch began digitalizing Indiana marriages, I immediately found their marriage after years of searching. Needless to say, I was elated. I immediately wrote to the courthouse in Decatur, Adams County, Indiana and obtained copies. I found several other family members married in Decatur and assume that Decatur was a Gretna Green for people who lived in West Central Ohio. Mystery solved!


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10/24/2012 9:14am

I, too, have had some brick walls come down thanks to FamilySearch. What a great find!

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