This is the source information, copied directly from the Ancestry.com site.
To me, this is vague and does not adequately convey the provenance of these records. The "original data" is not very specific and does not even imply that these are county-level records, originally created by the county.
The "about" screen for the marriage really did not tell me very much about where the original document was located, created, etc. It did tell me the county and the date of the marriage.
There was no way to easily maneuver to find the first page of the book. Finding the volume number or the years covered in the volume itself is nearly impossible.
In this case, I know the record is the same as the records in the county courthouse because I have used the Family History Library's microfilm of those records and compared the image for Wm C. Rhodes' marriage as shown here with the image I made from the Family History Library's microfilm.
However, there were significant differences in using that microfilm:
- I knew what I was looking at because the roll of microfilm indicated who created the records.
- I knew what volume of records I was looking at because the card catalog entry told me what the volume was. This was also clear because the microfilm contained a photograph of the outside of the volume--making it clear.