When you find an obituary, and see those magic words, “[some-other-city] papers please copy” do you look to see if some-other-city did copy? Maybe you should…
Here is a brief obituary I found in a San Francisco paper for John Whitworth. It provided some good details, including his nativity, his wife’s name, and an exact age. It also contained those magic words “Seattle papers please copy.”
When I followed up in the Seattle paper, I found a gold mine! While the San Francisco obituary was one sentence with some additional details on the funeral, the Seattle paper’s account sported more details of family and a delightful moonlit boat ride filled with phosphorescent sparks.
Make it a point to look for those other obituaries when you see those tempting words. These kind of obituaries may be published days, weeks or even months after the original notice, but they are certainly worth looking for.
Mary Kircher Roddy is a genealogist, writer and lecturer, always looking for the story. Her blog is a combination of the stories she has found and the tools she used to find them.