research pays off
by webmaster John Cardiff
Finally -- an example
of why we recommend always checking your sources in genealogy.
On 8 Oct 2014 we transcribed
Marshall LaRose's obituary from the Nov 1917 Simcoe Reformer.
Site visitor and fellow
Wayne Jackson of Ottawa
found our transcription
"an interesting puzzle" and compared it to other,
superior, source documents.
transcription of the Reformer article was accurate.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for our source document, the
Among the errors Wayne
-- the deceased's name
-- the deceased's age
-- the place of death
-- probably the cause of death.
registration says Morris Larose was born
27 Aug 1882 in Port
Dover. The 1891
census agrees his name is Morris Larose, but the 1901
census identifies him as Mares La Rose.
registration says Marres La Rose died in Ludington
(not Lidington), Michigan, age:"about 36."
stone in Lewiston, New York reads:
"Marres La Rose 1881-1917"
Subtracting his birth
registration's date of birth from his death registration's date of
date, we find he died at age 34, or in his 35th year. That's closer
to his death registration's age "about 36" than it is to
the Reformer's "in his 32nd year."
The Reformer article
also says "death occurred suddenly" while the death
certificate says he was attended by a doctor for the preceding 19
days, at least some of which were spent in hospital, before dying of
Granted, 19 days is sudden
compared to old age or a slow cancer, but not compared to some heart
attacks, accidents or gunshot wounds.
As a bonus for additional
research, Marres' death registration provides his occupation:
My thanks to Wayne for
sending his source documents, which allowed me to review them
myself, and share them with you.
It pays to review the source