Have you noticed how many obituaries include details about the ancestors of the deceased?
George Green’s obituary summarizes his life, compactly detailing his accomplished life in a paragraph or two – and prominently, we learn that he “had deep roots in Michigan.”
According to his obituary:
He was officially recognized as a direct descendant of a Michigan Sesquicentennial Pioneer, William Weaver, who came by ox car in 1835 from Hartland, Niagara County in upstate New York with wife, Mary Earl Willets and settled in what became Somerset two years prior to official statehood.
These are terrific genealogical details.
George Green’s obituary is a good example of a well written, informative genealogical biographical sketch.
Esther Mary (Blair) Crane’s obituary tells us in the opening sentences that she was a descendant of John Alden of Mayflower fame.
Esther Crane – I didn’t know her, but right away I know that she was my cousin because of her link to John Alden – and I want to know more about my newly discovered deceased relative. I want to make sure that she is included in our family tree and that her story is remembered and told.
I truly appreciate it when these genealogical details are included in an obituary, making it easier for me to trace the members in our family tree.
I can quickly see that Detroit native George Green had roots in Niagara County, New York, and that Esther was my cousin.
Don’t you wish that every one of your relatives’ obituaries gave this many genealogical details?
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