Are you doing anything today to mark the official start of Summer? Any parties? Going to the beach/pool? Staying up later than usual just because you can?

Personally, I think its too hot to go outside so I’ve decided to spend my day looking through cemetery photo’s and death certificates aka killing people off in a sense. I love finding proof as to who people are or were. I’ve been working on two lines of Adkins & one line of Robinson’s this month. I love to read other peoples thoughts and/or articles and then work even harder to find what they may have missed. I’m always surprised that few ever look at Military records for birth dates or middle names. But like anything else, most of the documents were falsified (I mean they may have stretched the truth a little), so that the individual could go to war at a younger age. I’m not sure why they wanted to do that, but they did. I’m also dumbfounded to find two people with identical names & birth dates, as strange as that may sound. I have 5 Carline/Caroline Adkins (same age – I know, really – what’s up with that?), to separate from the fold. I know it’s easy to make mistakes, even on death certificates, so I take them with a grain of salt, then cross reference them with found obituary notices. [I have to prove all 5 just to be sure I don’t have any mistakes. I did find two on my tree & have since fixed them, or at least I hope that I did.]

As an added bonus of reading family obituary’s, you usually get to see a picture of that person. I wanted to post them on my Ancestry page, but I’m not sure if a first cousin 3x removed is close enough relationship to warrant that, even though I know after a year or so they will be gone from the internet newspaper sites page,  and others looking that would be closer would want to see them probably more than I did. Sorry, but it fells wrong.

Well that’s just me, I hope you have an amazing day.

The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves. ~ Eric Hoffer

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