Of all the funeral cards, that circulate out there, I wonder how many ever find their way back to the families of origin. A simple funeral card is the summation of a life lived.
Enjoy the discovery process.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Funeral Card Friday

At the April 2, 2010, Funeral Card Friday event on Facebook, Michelle Mounts asked, “What exactly is Funeral Card Friday?”  The answer is on the first Friday of every month...genealogists are encouraged to check their memorabilia stash for any one funeral card of choice and share a photo or link to the image at the event. If they wish, they may choose to write a short description. All categories of funeral cards are accepted.
Our first event had a nice turn out with the following folks participating:
Tracy McCracken St. Claire provided two wonderful cards.  One image for Alexander Leeper's funeral card, his obituary and ephemera, plus added as an added bonus she provided the link to the Leeper Family Bible.  Her second image was Margaret Ostrander’s funeral card.  She brought to the group’s attention that the card has a 1908 copyright by Wendell & Co. in Leipsic, Ohio.  She posed a great question as to whether the descendant is generally near the publisher location.  So far, on F.C. & G., we are discovering that the deceased are often times within a 100 mile proximity of the publishers.
Dr. Bill Smith of Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories shared a description and photograph of Glenn Bolger’s funeral card.
A short story and photograph of Charles E. Tinker’s funeral card was shared by Pam Warren of Granny's Genealogy.
In response to adding the photo of her ancestor, Odina Neveu, Janine LaFleur Penfield stated, “A genealogist's dream: birthplace and date, using her maiden name along with some cultural immersion. Her photo was on the cover that I now use on her person page in my genealogy software.”
Sheri Bush of Twig Talk had one of prettiest funeral cards.  The funeral card for Gladys Alexander was very vibrant. 
Miriam Robbins Midkiff of Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors not only provides a photograph of George Edward Benjamin (a.k.a. Jarig Egbert Binnes) DeVries’s funeral card but details how the card was passed down through the family and provides a citation.  Many thanks to Miriam for acknowledging Funeral Card Friday.
Tami Glatz of Relatively Curious about Genealogy presented the funeral card of Eliza Thompson with her story. Tami was a great commentator to the group event.
Pop Pop was the nickname for George Henry Hughes the paternal grandfather of Linda Hughes Hiser at Flipside.  Her love of her grandfather beams with her telling his story along with a photograph of his card.
If you are Facebook member, check out the Funeral Card Friday event, for all the comments shared with the attendees. Remember to mark your calendar for May 7th for the next Funeral Card Friday.  See you there.

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