Recently, I was researching a particular couple. I had the marriage record, and saw the minister’s name. I thought I would see about church records for the couple – maybe the records would tell me more.

Well, turns out, the minister was not a minister of a local congregation, but a minister in a “movement.” He was ordained (it was really legal for him to perform the wedding). And, he was an official member of a church of a different denomination! It also turned out the married couple did not attend the same church.

Oh, well.