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From: Eve McLaughlin <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] Surrey Comet 8 July 1955 Death Notice
Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 19:11:53 +0100
In message <>, d
paul <> writes
>Advice please? If I have a death certificate & know where someone is buried
not usually stated on an English death certificate.
>and the date they died...is there anything new I would learn from a "death
It depends. To have an obituary notice at all suggests that he was at
least of some note in the area. OR, and this is something to be wary of
- just that his death was in memorable circumstances - like falling
under a bus or collapsing of heat stroke in a public place. In that
case, the same details may be on the death certificate (so check that
first). However, if he was locally important, what you MIGHT get is his
age, where he was born, perhaps who his father was and where he came
from (if he was important locally), who he married, what his job was
and whether there was anything special about his doings in life; The
notice may include funeral details, with a list of attenders and
wreaths, with the relationship of the mourners and possibly a note of
the location of distant kin who could not attend but sent flowers.
The cost quoted does suggest there is something ample about the
material they offer - so, on balance, go for it.
If, however, it is just a DEATH NOTICE, before the funeral, all it is
likely to say is On June 4, Henry Paul of High St, aged 76, after a
long/short illness, sadly missed by his family and friends. The funeral
service will take place at St Swithins at 2.30 on Thursday followed by
the Interment at the ?? cemetery . Wreaths to Messrs Bloggs, Long Lane.
A FUNERAL NOTICE (after the event) will include the details above. ASK
if it includes lists of mourners and wreaths. If not, then 12.50 seems
excessive for a small notice 3 X 2 (check the size, which will give you
an idea of what might be there.
Author of the McLaughlin Guides for family historians
Secretary Bucks Genealogical Society