A while back, I created a Vital Records Checklist to catalog all the obvious records I had, and the ones I needed, to flesh out the most rudimentary data, the births, marriages, and deaths of my ancestors.
This led to my sending out a request to the Clerk of the Valley County, Nebraska Court (http://www.co.valley.ne.us/clerk.html) has sent my the marriage certificate for my grandparents, Helen Kjerstine JOHNSON and Ernest Melvin HILL.
The document confirms the relationship of Ernest Melvin HILL with Mary Jane SCOTT (his mother) and Alvin Leslie HILL (his father), and outside of census records, is the earliest document I have found that does this. (My grandfather was born in 1895, which was prior to birth registration in Nebraska, and he died in 1933, before Social Security Registration required folks to get delayed birth certificates.
Witnesses at the wedding included Helen’s maternal uncle, “W. B. Gregg” (William Blakeway GREGG) and Ernest’s brother Alfred L. HILL.
It’s curious to me if there was a reason that none of the three living parents of the couple (Nels JOHNSON, father of Helen, and Mary Jane and Alvin) were listed as witnesses. Of course, the form only asks for two witnesses. And these were an older couple (Helen was 30 and Ernest 29) at their first marriage, but one wonders.