The easiest way to go off on tangents is to enter death certificates and obituaries. I scanned and entered 30 death certificates over the weekend. It is a miracle I managed to do that many because of all the tangents. Death certificates name spouses and informants that need to be entered but I don’t want to just enter their name so off I go to hunt down some vital records for them. And of course vitals aren’t enough because I just have to know who their parents were which means I have to also hit the census records. Obits are even worse because now you have the spouses for all 14 children. It isn’t like you can just look this stuff up and copy it down in your file, no, you have to download the images, extract the information, and source everything properly. When you look at a census page you recognize several families so you had to stop right there and add all of their information as well. I go Find A Grave hoping for a few death dates (so that I can order more death certificates) and of course the markers I need on Find A Grave haven’t been photographed yet so I have to send in requests. Did you know there is something like a 30 request limit per week? That hurts.
The death certificates I was adding were from Louisiana. They are available from 1911 to 1962 except for Jefferson and Orleans Parishes which have death certificates going back further than that. Louisiana death certificates are cheap as death certificates go. They only cost $5 so I always order a death certificate for anyone that died in Louisiana. However, I got a TON of free ones when FamilySearch had images of Louisiana death certificates online. I am glad I got them when I did because they have since taken them down. I asked them about it and they said they had to take them down because the State of Louisiana said so (why did Louisiana give them to FamilySearch in the first place then?).
Today I will be adding a few more death certificates so who knows what bunny trails I will be chasing.
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