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Re: [AR] Arkansas County Marriages

The problem was probably in the "reporting" of deaths moreso than in the "recording" of deaths.

It was the responsibility of "the person who took charge of the body" to report the death to the local registrar. This was usually the undertaker or funeral home director."

Don't forget, in earlier years often there was NO funeral home involved. Families buried their own dead and may have been unaware that they needed to notify anyone.

I learned a few years ago that the father of my aunt-by-marriage made caskets during her growing up years. (She is now 90 years old. I am guessing this would have been in the 1920s, maybe into the 1930s.) When I say "made caskets," I don't mean at a factory. I mean he made them from scratch by himself as his occupation, and his older daughters padded and lined them.

I learned this at the same time my aunt's daughters did... News to us ... I doubt that any of his customers would have used a funeral home. She remembers when the deceased's family members washed and dressed the body, after which it was "laid out" in the home of the deceased. The "wake" was held at the home. My guess is that few, if any, of these deaths got reported.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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