You have searched and searched for the marriage record of your ancestor, and there does not seem to be one.

Then, you have an AHA moment! You find the marriage license of your great-great-grandparents! What a find! Upon closer examination, though, you discover that the marriage license is documented, and the actual marriage is not – those spaces in the record are empty.

Did the marriage really happen in the county in which you are looking? Did the marriage happen at a later date than what was originally thought?

I know someone who got a license in a state and county because that is where they planned to marry. However, circumstances prevented the marriage from happening there. Things do come up that prevent original plans from happening the way they were planned!