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# Thursday, December 20, 2007
The Perils of Paid Obits
Posted by Grace

Paid obituaries have the strange distinction of being considered matter of record even when the newspaper's editors have absolutely no power over their content. Editor & Publisher put up a humorous description of the errors that can be found when families write death notices. For example:

"One descendant's obit claimed his ancestry could be traced back to the Vikings (an honest mistake; I got suckered by that Web site too). Another claimed to be a descendant of George Washington—not good news to Martha, as she and George had no children."

Lesson learned: Take obituaries with a grain of salt. Click here to read the story.


Genealogy fun
Thursday, December 20, 2007 4:14:27 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
Wednesday, January 02, 2008 7:10:47 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Any idea where the article has gone? I missed it somehow!

Thanks -- Randy
Monday, January 07, 2008 10:20:24 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
The article in Editor and Publisher? It looks like it's still up here: http://www.mediainfo.com/eandp/columns/shoptalk_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003687144
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