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The Life From The Roots blog topics have changed several times since I began this blog. In 2009, with my first posts, I wrote only about the family history I had been working on for 20 years. Many ancestors lived in New England so it was easy to visit gravesites and towns where they lived. I shared many photo. Years later, I was into visiting gardens, historical homes, churches, libraries that had genealogical collections, historical societies, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history. I enjoy posting autographs and photos of famous people I met or saw.

My New England roots are in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire). Other areas include New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.

Please check out the labels on the right side for topics. Below the labels and pageviews is a listing of my top nine posts, according to Google. Four of them pertain to Lowell, MA, three are memorials, one about a surname and one about a discovery I made. These posts change often because they are based on what people are reading.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Follow Friday -- How can 3 Death Records be wrong?

The three death certificates shown below, for the same person, are not 100% correct.  The first one, has my 2nd great-grandmother's name totally wrong. She is listed as Fanny McGleason Pool and it should be Frances "Fanny" M. Gleason Poole (4 errors in the name).  Since I liked the colorful green record, I made a quick call to Brookline, Massachusetts to get a corrected copy.


Corrected copy below.
Corrected copy, but the last name is still wrong.

There is no listing for the maiden name of mother, although it was clearly on the original record.
Name of cemetery isn't listed, although it was clearly on the original record.

Original state Death Record, obtained several years later was also filled with errors.
Name should be Frances M. Gleason
Husband's name should be spelled as William F. Poole
Maiden name of mother is incorrect, should be Fanny Belden Hubbard (error of informant)
Informant's name should be spelled as William F. Poole (son)
(Clearly the informant didn't proof this, as he would have noticed his name spelled wrong.)

Lesson learned:  get a copy of the original, but don't assume it is correct.