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Re: Grandma's obit just came
In Response To: Re: Grandma's obit just came ()

Virginia wrote:

"What really got me was right after her name, it said (colored) but looking at the other obits, it never says (white)."
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Hello Viginia,

What was the timeframe and the area for the obituary mentioned?

I ask because the annotation of color/race was fairly common in my area of Ohio (west central) up until the 1950's. Matter of fact 'colored' obituaries seldom appeared in the newspapers in this area until 1915 or thereabouts. The Notice of Death was in the newspapers, but seldom an obituary.

Some exapmples of the color designation may be seen in my album of DC's & Obits at the Link below. The obituaries of Susan Adams (1861), George Thomas (1925), Lavina Adams (1928), Emma Adams (1931) & Isaac Adams (1935) have the color designation while others during those same time period do not.

It (color designation) is also an irritant to me as I do my genealogical research, but the side benefit .... those earlier records that identify my ancestors as colored, black, Negro, or whatever, lessen my research time because of those identifiers.

Just trying to make lemonade from that lemon. :D

Art Thomas


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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