This is easy since I didn't do much research this year. The best was the overnight trip my wife and I took downstate to Bloomington/Normal to access the Marshall County records in the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) at Illinois State University. I didn't find as much as I had hoped for. I did however make a major find--the marriage license for my great-great-grandparents Edward HUIGENS and Catherine TOEMMES. I did a little happy dance when I found this since I had no info on when or where these two had been married.
On this record, my Dutch great-great-grandfather is listed as "Edward Huigens," which is but one of the many forms of his name in the records. My great-great-grandmother's surname has lost one of its m's in both places on the record.
The license was issued on 3-May-1854. The marriage appears to have taken place on "4-Juny-1854." JUNY?!?!?! At least that's how I read it. And the officiating priest wrote it that way three times. It's a head scratcher. I'm assuming that should be 4-June-1854. It's closer than July to when the license was issued and I doubt they would have been married on the 4th of July. June 4th was a Sunday in 1854 and July 4th was a Tuesday. A Sunday wedding makes more sense than a Tuesday one in a farming community. A check in the church records may provide more info.
The priest's name will take some research to decipher. Maybe Wm. Pettnaimer? He signs himself a Catholic priest from LaSalle, Ills. It shouldn't be too hard to find a list of the Catholic priests in LaSalle in 1854. The location of the ceremony will also take some research. I need to determine which Catholic churches in Marshall Co. were built when. It appears they were married by a traveling priest from LaSalle so it may not have been in a church or if it was, it was a parish that did not yet have a priest permanently assigned.
The rest of the trip was just as lovely as my wife and I had a quiet, romantic dinner in downtown Bloomington and a lovely drive down and back. Overall a very satisfying weekend.