In his Genealogy Blog for 10 January of this year, Joe Beine gives us an account of how he obtained a marriage record from a church in Germany that was not available at the Family History Library. He accomplished that by writing to the church.
All of us know that courthouses and churches and archives hold documents available nowhere else (gasp...not even on the Internet!). But admit it...sometimes it seems like a lot of trouble to make the effort to give the facility a call or write a letter. Joe's article can provide some motivation to overcome that inertia. His success story in finding a German marriage record is both interesting and inspiring.
You can read the article at: http://genrootsblog.blogspot.com/