[APG Public List] RE: [APG Members] history of obituaries

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG Elissa at PowellGenealogy.com
Mon Nov 9 08:39:01 MST 2009

I heard a lecture on this at the New England Regional Genealogy Conference
(NERGC) in April. Pamela Eagleson, CG, gave "Grandma's Obituary Box" in
which she described the history of obituaries and how they changed over
three centuries in their expressions of values. She had some hilarious
examples as well. Pam is an APG Director and you may want to write her for
her bibliography.


-- Elissa in Pittsburgh


Elissa Scalise Powell, CG


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Subject: [APG Members] history of obituaries


Does anyone know of a scholarly work analyzing the history of American
obituaries?  I have seen a review for a book that dealt primarily with obits
of well-known people in larger cities, but I am looking for something that
deal with obituaries of ordinary people in both big city and small town
newspapers.  I'd like to read about when they became common, how styles
changed over time and regional differences.  If you can recommend something
along these lines, please let me know.  Thanks.


Jay Fonkert, CG

St. Paul, MN

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