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Re: The Ancestors have blessed me!

Just a few short months ago, I realized when looking back at documents I had copied when visiting Richmond, Indiana, that an individual listed as "white" on an 1893 death certificate, was my great grandfather. I ordered the death certificate. After receiving it, I asked the Richmond library if they had an obituary and they sent it to me. The Richmond newspaper obituary clearly indicated he was "colored." I was grateful to learn he had not been "passing." I was content and satisfied to have that Richmond obituary, but your suggestion, Lisa, urged me to see if his hometown, Greenfield, had a newspaper mention of his burial there. There were no black newspapers in Greenfield, and unlike the larger city, Richmond, there were very few blacks living in the city. Needless to say, I could care less that the obituaries were in white newspapers ... I'm happy to have them, as neither, my grandfather or mother knew my great grandfather, since he died at 38 yrs of age when my grandfather was only 5 yrs old. My grandfather died at 40 when my mother was only 4 years old. I'm happy for obituaries of ancestors, anyway I can get them. So all that to say, thank you Lisa for sharing your idea of getting newspapers from microfilm. And, I also want to say, don't overlook the assistance libraries can offer when searching archival newspapers. Neither the Richmond or Greenfield obituaries cost me one cent. The libraries and black newspapers are invaluable in genealogical searches.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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