I had a poor copy of a marriage return from New Jersey for Newark in 1888. Viewing the microfilm at the Archives in Trenton was no better. The information that I really wanted was the birthplace of the groom and his parents. My copy looked like this:
Some original records are kept onsite in the manuscripts area, currently open in the afternoons only.
The staff was able to find the original blue marriage return and copy it for me. It's a much better reproduction than what is on microfilm. The place of birth now looks like this:
This looks like Sachsen. I have more work to do to discover the area within Sachsen and possible records.
As a bonus, the back of the marriage return contains signatures of the bride and groom. The back of the document is not microfilmed and can only be obtained from the manuscripts room.
The marriage itself did not last the year. Bridge and groom separated in November of 1888. The details of the divorce will be in an upcoming post.