[APG Public List] Two Death Dates

Wanda Samek wanda at sameks.us
Wed Jan 6 15:05:10 MST 2010

I obtained a death certificate from the office of a County Clerk giving my
2nd great-grandmother's death date incorrectly.  Whoever typed the certified
copy inadvertently typed in the current year as the date of death.  It
appears my ancestor lived a couple of hundred years.
Just an example of how easily mistakes can be made by those who handle the
records that are so important to us.
Wanda Samek

-----Original Message-----
From: apgpubliclist-bounces at apgen.org
[mailto:apgpubliclist-bounces at apgen.org] On Behalf Of Charles S. Mason, Jr.
Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 2010 10:09 AM
To: bobmclaren at earthlink.net; mvmcgrs at aol.com; apgpubliclist at apgen.org
Subject: Re: [APG Public List] Two Death Dates

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 <mailto:bobmclaren at earthlink.net>  
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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