I’ve seen many different ways of sharing obituaries on genealogy blogs, some effective and others practically useless to other researchers. So what’s the best way to share an obituary or a death notice that you’ve come upon as part of your research? To me, these should be the goals of posting an obituary to your genealogy or family history blog:
- Share information with other family members who remember the deceased.
- Share information related to a person’s death to assist other genealogy researchers.
A good obituary post consists of three parts: 1) a scanned or digitized image of the obituary, 2) a transcription of the text, and 3) a brief source citation. The example for this blog post is a recent post to my personal genealogy blog, Destination: Austin Family on 13 July 2014 entitled Sunday’s Obituary: Catherine Sullivan O’Keefe 1837-1928.
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