When discussing potential errors in obituaries, genealogists tend to focus on statements of fact regarding relationships, dates of birth or marriage, and other genealogical details. Details about the person’s life and occupational history may be slightly skewed as well and may not bear scrutiny when compared to facts. Always transcribe obituaries as they are printed, but remember that most of the time, particularly for modern obituaries, newspapers print what they are given.
If relatives are reminiscing during holiday get-togethers, consider recording those stories in one way or another. Making a video or audio recording is an easy way to initially preserve those memories. Some family members may prefer writing. Remember to get permission to record what someone is saying and don’t share the recording or video without their consent. And make certain you have preserved or backed up those stories–no matter what form they were originally in.
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