Imagine if the death date isn’t specifically listed (Widow Jones Died Sunday Following Car Accident), but you have the date the obituary was published (Wednesday, March 12, 1930). Legacy has a nifty tool on each person’s page that looks like a calendar page. When you click on it, you can use the calendar to go back in time and see what day of the month was the Sunday before Wednesday, March 12, 1930.
OK, you could probably do that on your fingers, but maybe not if the time gap is between months.
Anyway, you’ll know for sure she died Sunday, March 9. If the newspaper got it right. And don’t assume the car accident was Sunday. It might have happened days prior, and she didn’t die until Sunday. This is a good tip to check earlier issues of the newspaper to see if there is a story of a car accident.
And did you notice “Widow” Jones? If you don’t have a husband listed for her, create one, using the name Husband Jones. For his death date, input “bef 9 Mar 1930.”
Wow! That’s a lot to think about, and that’s just the headline.
Continue on in the obituary. Usually it lists birthdate and names of parents. Add the parents if you don’t already have them. Add Events to her page for religious affiliations, organizations, hobbies, education, employment, even the fact that she won blue ribbons at the county fair!
When survivors are listed, add them to your family tree, using the same source. If spouses of adult children are listed, add them to your database.
For each child, record on their page an Event like this:
“Lived at the time of mother’s death 9 Mar 1930 Ivanhoe, Lincoln (County), Minnesota, USA.”
Repeat with each survivor, applying the correct relationship and residence at the time of death. This notation can be very helpful later if you’re trying to sort out where this person lived when.
Be sure to fill in the deceased’s page with info on burial date, location and name of cemetery.
Of course, before doing any of this, you’ve scanned or downloaded the source document, named it according to your identification system, and created at Master Source. As you input each piece of information, you applied the source to those fields. Brilliant!
This is the last of this series on how to get started with family history research. For more information, I recommend studying the Legacy software tutorials or viewing You Tube videos.