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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Volunteer to Help the Grim Reaper

Busy volunteers have been keeping me busy as we attempt to assist the Grim Reaper. No, we are not in the business of making death. Yes, we are in the business of genealogy finds.

A few days ago I suggested to one of the Rootsweb groups to which I belong that it would be cool if we could have a death index of old online newspapers for Allegheny County. Click here to read more on my moment of madness.

I've been so busy typing all the names that have come in that now my family is starting to make noises like they're hungry or something. Arrggghhh!

The index is being hosted on the USGenWeb Archives in Pennsylvania. Click here for the fastest way to check out to see if your family is there yet. It's a work in progress and is being very well received by genealogy and history buffs.

Today, my volunteer time has paid off. One of the group who has been busy reading the old newspapers sent in her death stuff and, viola, there is a cousin of mine.

This death notice was really cool. Ok, maybe just interesting to others.

Elizabeth STURGEON who died in 1916 died of heart failure. No big deal there.

What was the "aha" moment was when and where---

She died while sitting at the bedside of her husband who had been in the hospital for several weeks for stomach trouble. She was there at the hospital to take him home.

Guess the Grim Reaper took her home instead.

The take home message is volunteer to help others. You just never know how helping the news of the Grim Reaper can make you stop and smile.

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