I don't know if there is anyone out there that still trys to follow this diary! My entries to " a Carroll research diary " are sporadic .
But, the winds of change are blowing !
Things are moving ahead since my March entry in this research diary.I have contacted a professional genealogist, named Kate Gibbons. She is based 1 hour from Schuylkill County and will be able to work on the case of Andrew and Catherine Carroll. We have yet to schedule the research date and finalize all the arrangements.
It seems that my tries to find a marriage date through snail mail will never come through. According to Ms. Gibbons, the parishes don't readily volunteer this information. This has surprised me after my experience of research in France(where I have been living for the last 17 years ).
In France, there is a civil birth,mariage and death registration since the French revolution (1792).Prior to this, it was the churches who recorded information.
State archives( or, archives départementales )were created, and the older registers transfered to these archives.
Anyone can consult the archives; the only requirement is the viewing delay ; all documents must be 100 years or older, to be viewed. The more recent documents that are less than 100 years are kept in the "mairie" or townhalls. There are restrictions to viewing these documents; exceptions are made for immediate family members or someone with a special permission ( professional genealogist, for instance).
To return to Schuylkill county, Ms Gibbons will be searching death dates through wills and obit lists. And may try and find burial site information.
I will not miss putting in the updates; do come and take a peek !
Happy hunting .