[APG Public List] Two Death Dates

Charles S. Mason, Jr. cgrs791 at netscape.com
Tue Jan 5 09:09:12 MST 2010


When ever people used preprinted forms form they can cause us problems.  I recently got a copy of a death certificate that someone use part of the preprinted year and wrote in the rest of the year. All that needed to be added was the last number of the year.  Instead of doing that they crossed out part of the preprinted year and added handwritten numbers making the year 1998.  This was for a death that took place in 1899.  I knew this was wrong because the death certificates were filed by year.  Also the certificate contained the date it was recorded which had the correct year, 1899.  We really do have to look at each piece of information on certificates for accuracy.

Chuck Mason
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: robert mclaren 
  To: mvmcgrs at aol.com ; apgpubliclist at apgen.org 
  Sent: Monday, January 04, 2010 8:05 PM
  Subject: Re: [APG Public List] Two Death Dates

  OK, I need new glasses!!  The date confusion is as I stated with death date given as Jan 1, 1916 (1915 was preprinted and the five written over by the six), and burial date given as Jan 4, 1915.  However, I completely missed the MD stating when he died.  He stated he died on the 1 day of Jan 1916 at 8 a.m.  I read right over the date.

  So, it is now obvious that the 1915 date is in error.  Any checks that undertaker wrote would be dated a year too early <grin>.

  So, I am sorry for bringing this up when the answer was right in front of me.  I will still look for an obit since that may have family information, but checking and seeing whether the year was 1915 or 1916 is not necessary.

  Very red faced, and signing off.

  Yours aye,

  Bob McLaren
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