Maiden Name Obituary Search

By Michael John Neill

When searching old newspapers for obituaries, consider searching for the woman’s maiden name. The 1931 obituary of Sarah Graves in a Macon, Missouri, newspaper refers to her twice: once as Mrs. Thomas M. Graves and once as Sarah Ellen Newman (her maiden name). About every other reference to her is “she.” Not all obituaries will list a woman the way Sarah is in this obituary, but it was a common practice during this time period. Searching for parents’ names as well may be a good idea–even if they had been dead for fifty years and had never lived in the area.

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(c) Michael John Neill, “Genealogy Tip of the Day,” http://genealogytipoftheday.blogspot.com, 23 Feb 2019

Lá na Gaeilge: Irish Language Day – May 4

On May 4, the Irish Cultural Center is sponsoring our eighteenth Irish language immersion day, Lá na Gaeilge, at Elms College in Chicopee, MA. Beginners and those with varying levels of competence have the opportunity deepen their knowledge and appreciation of this vital component of Irish culture. As well as formal classes, there are workshops (céilí dancing, film), and cómhrás (conversation). A lecture, The Irish Language and the discourses of colonisation and decolonisation, will be given by Kerron Ó Luain, Villanova FLTA. We conclude with a seisiún with an opportunity for participants to display their musical talents. Registration begins at 8:30 am and the day concludes at about 5:00 pm.

The cost is $50 per person, $45 for ICC Patrons, and $15 for college-age and under students (due by May 1).

More info and registration form.

Free NEHGS Webinar – 18 April 19

Researching Women in Archives

Live Broadcast: Thursday, 4/18, 3:00–4:00 PM EDT
Presented by NEHGS Archivist Judy Lucey
Cost: FREE
Women make up 50% of your ancestry, yet their lives, experiences, and even complete names are all too often forgotten by written history. Although often overlooked in official records, throughout time women have been the keepers of family and personal history. When items such as diaries, letters, account books, family Bibles, samplers, and organization records survive, they can reveal more about a woman’s daily life than any government record. Archivist Judy Lucey will discuss how these unique records and manuscripts can be used to piece together a family story and how digging in the archives can lead to hitting genealogical gold.

Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society, Inc

CMGS meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the upper hall of the American Legion Post #129 at 22 Elm St., Gardner, MA.

At our next meeting, Ann Lawthers from the New England Historic Genealogical Society will be discussing their records on line and at the library.

Membership: $15 for an individual/$20 for a couple per year (JAN-DEC).

Mail to CMGS P.O. Box 811 Westminster, MA. 01473

CMGS is always thrilled to have visitors at their meetings.