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Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] Embalming - Tony
Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 09:50:06 EDT
That is really a good item to know. Thanks for posting that as it really
does give us a cultural (or is it socialogical) clue as to why we can't find
things that we are obviously expecting to find. Makes the study of genealogy
a challenge sometimes. Do you know if the doctors kept themselves a little
book as the ministers sometimes did? You know, thinking that "Well, I'll
send in those pesky government forms later." And maybe later was a long time
later if ever? (Could be he expected the wife, assistant or nurse to prepare
the form & didn't mention it to them. Been there & done that.) At the very
least it gives all of us a reason to have colorful family histories that are
not just cut & dried names & dates.
The doctor that delivered my sister wasn't quite like that. He filed the
form the same day she was born (in 1938) and she hadn't been named yet.
Years ago when my birth certificate had errors I hounded all my siblings to
get a copy and make sure it was correct. I got to laugh at her over this
because she didn't do anything until 2 years ago. Imagine her surprise at
age 62 to find that she was 'baby girl' and no name was listed!