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Funeral Card of Mrs. E. J. Parrish
(Found in California)
Funeral cards are an overlooked genealogical resource. They often contain both the Birth date and Death date and can be used as a substitute for vital records. (Well technically they are not a substitute for vital records as the person giving the info might not have known for sure when the deceased was born or died. But it's a good place to start.) If you want to know more about what things qualify as a true Vital Records there is a good article at the Olive Tree.
Unfortunately these valuable resources are scattered and there has not been a single repository for this valuable resource until now. It is my intention to create a funeral card database and a home for the unwanted cards themselves.
Mrs. E. J. Parrish,
Died June 20, 1907.
Age 72 years.
Black backgrounds with gold printing. 'Gone but not forgotten' message on card. Copyright date of 1904 on bottom.
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