Friday, August 26, 2016

Obituaries and Funeral Cards

Lately, I have been going through a lot of obituaries and funeral cards that my dad has collected over the years and generously gave to me to add to my collection.  So much information!  I find myself going over them with a fine tooth comb just to make sure I have recorded all of the details.  It still amazes me how one little fact can lead to so many questions, which leads to more discoveries and more questions.  Birth dates, death dates, next of kin, employment, cause of death, date and locations of funeral and interment....I could go on forever.  These are the discoveries I live for.  (It sounds kind of funny saying that about someone's obituary, but it's true!)

It's one thing reading over an obituary of someone I knew pretty well, but so fascinating to me going over one of a relative that I saw very infrequently.  I have gotten a better picture of who these people were and have put a lot of faces with names and vice versa.  What a gift!

All of this got me questioning the roots of obituaries and funeral cards...just because that is how my mind works.  I never knew obituary is from the Latin word obit, which means death.  It's such a great bit of information to have.  Published death notices have been using the word obituary since the 18th century.  This is pretty encouraging.  How awesome would it be to find an obituary of an ancestor that died in the 1700s?  I know now this is one of my goals.

I have a wonderful collection of funeral cards.  It's a great source for birth and death dates.  Some of the ones I have been going over lately are bigger and have more information on them, like location of the funeral and interment.  Some even have the officiating clergy.  All of those tidbits of information get me excited!

My advice to everyone is to clip from the newspaper (or print from the Internet) all those obituaries and keep all those funeral cards.  They are filled with invaluable information, as well as being a sentimental memento.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Photo of the Day

I love wedding photos, and this is another I have added to my collection.  This is from the wedding of my paternal aunt on 27 November 1970.

Diane Odgers Veasey (1951 - 2002)
David Veasey (1946 - 2014)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my paternal aunt and great-grandfather (her maternal grandfather) taken at her 21st birthday party in 1972.  As a side note, the photo was developed in May 1972, but her birthday was in March.

Diane Odgers Veasey (1951 - 2002)
Hayward LeGates (1896 - 1978)

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my paternal aunt taken at a Memorial Day weekend picnic that was held on 26 May 1991.  She is standing in the kitchen in the home of my great- aunt and uncle in Galena, Maryland.  She was 40 years old.

Diane Odgers Veasey
1951 - 2002

Monday, August 1, 2016

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my paternal aunt taken on Christmas Day 1992 in the kitchen of her home in Bear, Delaware.  She was 41 years old.

Diane Odgers Veasey
1951 - 2002

Happy Birthday!

Recently, I came across some photos from my aunt's 21st birthday party.  I love looking at photos from family celebrations of the past.  Everything from what people are wearing to what food is on the table fascinates me.

The thing that caught my eye in these pictures is that my aunt's birthday celebration included not one, but TWO birthday cakes.  One has vanilla icing and the other has chocolate.  Either someone was very thoughtful about giving people an option of cake flavors, or there were a lot of people at this party.  Whatever the reason, my aunt looks pretty happy.



Accrued Pension Form of 13 September 1909

This Accrued Pension Form is found in the Civil War Pension File of my paternal third great-grandfather.  My third great-grandmother filed t...