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From: "Joan M. Lowry" <>
Subject: RE: [APG] CA Funeral Home Records
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2003 22:26:44 -0400
The Bergen Record in northern NJ stopped putting any family information in
the obituaries years ago (claiming privacy issues and security!) Now about
all you get is a person's veteran status (if any), the company for whom they
worked and, if you're lucky, both the church and funeral home are mentioned.
All the good stuff - kids, parents, family dog, church groups - has to be
put in the PAID death notices, which certainly improves the newspapers
bottom line I'm sure. But, it means that those without close family - often
get diddly in the way of an obituary.
I keep hoping the rest of the country doesn't follow suit...
Depressing, but true!
Joan M. Lowry
From: Alvie L. Davidson [mailto:]
Sent: Sunday, September 14, 2003 6:55 AM
Subject: [APG] CA Funeral Home Records
I know some funeral homes in Florida have been closed to questions for years
and years, long before anyone brought up the subject of identity theft or
privacy. VanOrsdel Funeral Homes in Dade County FL has been a hard nut to
crack for information and I have no idea why they stopped it years ago. Or
at least when they heard my name they told me they would not give out
information, but guess that is just my paranoia <g>.
I would guess the next thing to go will be newspaper obituaries since the
funeral home provides the family data to the newspapers. If anyone wants to
see an obituary just go to the Salt Lake Tribune and take lessons.
Alvie L. Davidson CGRS
CGRS, Certified Genealogical Record Specialist, is a service mark
of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license
by Board-certified associates after periodic competency evaluations.