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Monday, April 25, 2011

Unexpected results from FHL microfilm


Records found on Ancestry.com or the FamilySearch.org site sometimes provide an abstract, or only partial information written on the original, historical document.  A mysterious death location of Leavenworth KS, taking place in the 1880's, led me to a funeral home record collection dating 1942 - 1954 - the wrong dates, but I knew it was the right person, from other corroborating evidence I had of her.

I ordered the microfilm, hoping I would find a number of clues to 'Nellie's' death (at age 23), and other family members listed on the death certificate of the funeral home.

Much to my surprise, it was a record of a "disinterment."  Nellie's brother, 59 years after her death from consumption, wrote to the funeral home in Leavenworth KS to order her remains dug up, boxed, and shipped to his local funeral home, to be re-buried in the family cemetery plot in Maine. I did find her cause of death, but no other family information.

Expect the unexpected!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Obituaries from 1800's-the present Sanford Maine



The Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library on Elm Street in Sanford Maine, like the nearby Springvale Library and Historical Society, is a surprisingly great resource for genealogical research.

Obituary Index at Goodall Library, click here.  (you can do a surname check online, before physically visiting library to view microfilm.)


The second floor holds a vertical file of index cards with the name of everyone whose obituary appeared in the Sanford Springvale Advocate or other local papers.  They date from mid -1800's - the present.  Each card lists name, date of the newspaper edition, and page number for the obit.  The accompanying microfilm file holds film of the newspapers. 

Besides the obituaries which are hugely illuminating and full of related names and important information, the accompanying local news columns are full of historical clues to the time period for York County.