18 October 2011
When Searching Digital Newspapers
Grandma's maiden name was actually Trautvetter. For some reason it is spelled "Trautretter" throughout the announcement. Soundex searches will not catch the reference and other search formulations might not either, depending upon how they are constructed.
The last name of the groom, Neill, is spelled correctly throughout the announcement. However, there is a blob over part of the name in the headline. If the headline had been the only location where the last name of Neill appeared, searches based upon that name might not have located the reference.
Still-well or Stillwell?
There is a dash in the name of "Stillwell" in the last reference to it in the announcement. Why eludes me, but again that dash (or hyphen) might cause searches for just the name of the town to not locate the reference if only the hyphenated version has been used.
It is actually Keithsburg. Easily a typo.
Fortunately the dates and other details in the document are correct, based upon the actual record of the marriage. But it never hurts to keep some of these things in mind when searching digital versions of newspapers.
And if you have the date of an event, a manual search is still a good idea--just in case.