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Online obit as proof?

Online obit as proof?

Posted: 7 Mar 2013 1:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Sweeten
I'm working on collecting proof for my application, and I'm not sure if this counts:

When my great-grandmother died 10 years ago, we saved the obituary but never thought to save the header/front page of the newspaper. Now that I'm applying to the DAR, I can't use it, right?

I just found it on the newspaper's web archive, but I'm not sure if this is sufficient either:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/courierpostonline/obituary....

So I'm looking for advice. Should I include it or skip it?

Thanks,
Laura

Re: Online obit as proof?

Posted: 7 Mar 2013 10:17PM GMT
Classification: Query
The obit is good proof of death but obits can contain errors...usually DAR requires a birth, marriage and death certificate as proof where one is available (usually the most recent generations). I'd obtain a copy of the death certificate from the state of NJ which would be the primary proof.

What if you sent for the death certificate and found it disagreed with the obit? It wouldn't be the first time...so obtain the DC.

Joan

Re: Online obit as proof?

Posted: 8 Mar 2013 1:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
Ok, thanks for the input.

Re: Online obit as proof?

Posted: 8 Mar 2013 4:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
Also...if you are going to include the Obit from the online source with your proof, print it out...don't just provide the URL where it is found because online repositories and databases come and go and URLs change over time.

Joan

Re: Online obit as proof?

Posted: 8 Mar 2013 4:41PM GMT
Classification: Query
Ok. I wasn't sure if they would accept the internet obit or if I needed to track down microfilm.

Thank you!

Re: Online obit as proof?

Posted: 22 Jan 2014 3:53AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 22 Jan 2014 3:58AM GMT
So long as it contains the proper reference information, it would probably be good IF this were an older death and death certificates were not yet implemented in that area.

Something this recent, you will need the primary record, which is the death certificate. I know this because the obit for my great-grandmother was not sufficient to prove, in these more modern times, that my grandmother (who had married twice) was the same person who had married my grandfather. I had to get BOTH of her marriage certificates as well as her birth and death certificates.
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