Durged, Of Course!
by Marci Duryea
My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
and I live in
Glen Ellyn, IL.
At my local LDS center I was making my
first fumbling attempts to maneuver around their huge collection of CD-
Rom files. I was attempting to find the marriage of a Civil War ancestor,
John Jacob Duryea.
We had recently discovered his wife's name, Mary
Parson Granger. We knew John had mustered in and out of service at
Detroit, and that the Granger family was an established presence there
too. I was puzzled and frustrated by several previous attempts with other
methods to find the marriage in Detroit. I was sure I must find it there.
Not finding John J. Duryea listed anywhere, on a whim I decided to cross-
reference by the bride's name. Up popped a marriage, in Cleveland, OH, of
a Mary P. Granger and a John J. DURGED. I was simultaneously amazed,
puzzled and skeptical.
I subsequently sent to Cuyahoga County for the
record. Sure enough, the scrawling handwriting could certainly be read as
Durged, with a closed "y" and a tall backstroke on the "a". But I'm
certain I found the correct record.
It certainly taught me a lesson about
the value of cross-referencing.
Submitted: Sat Apr 17 06:04:16 1999
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