Except for a few of my relatives, only the information that appears in the obituary was used to fill-in the six columns. Additional source information was NOT used so you would have a better idea of how much information the obituary DOES and DOES NOT contain.
NOTE 3: OBITUARIES, OR DEATH NOTICES, OR NEWS ARTICLES
1: Around the turn-of-the-century and before, an obituary might only be a very short new item such as "George Doe was found dead today at home" buried along with other news articles with no other information unless maybe the person was a community leader. This makes them very easy to miss and brings up the question if these are news articles, death notices, or obituaries and which should they be indexed? There are also many obituaries for people that were news articles for people with no connection to the Antigo area. I tried to only index obituaries of people who I could determine had some type of connection to the Antigo area.
2: During the middle of the twentieth century what we call an obituary today was broken up into two or three different articles: (A) a death notice or news article, (B) a biography, and (C) an article naming those attending the funeral from out-of-town. Therefore, you may find several published dates.
3: In recent years all this information most of the time is included in just one article. However, even today a short death notice may appear on the day of death with the statement that a full obituary will be published later. However, if mistakes were made in the first publication a corrected one may appear later. Obituaries usually are grouped on the same page. Pages 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 over the years have been the most common.
NOTE 4: CAUTION THERE ARE MISTAKES IN THESE INDEXES!
1: The person reporting the information may have, without knowing, given wrong information to the newspaper.
2: The newspaper may have made mistakes when composing the obituary.
3: The newspapers used different parameters when they constructed their indexes (Type 1 Indexes above) such as only indexing obituaries of local people and not those obituaries of people living elsewhere. Also, some years the newspaper used the Langlade County Death Index for that year to construct their end-of-the-year index rather than the actual obituaries published in the newspapers. In Type 1 indexes these parameters have resulted in some obituaries not being listed and even some names indexed when there is no published obituary.
4: The death date, especially for very early obituaries, is NOT reliable! It might actually be the published date, especially if the person died in a different state or the death was by trauma or suicide and the body was not found immediately. Also, the editor used terms such as "last Friday" and "last week Friday." Very often it is not clear if "last Friday" actually means "last week Friday" so many death dates might actually be wrong by one week. That is one week later than the correct death date. All death dates should be considered as approximate and must be verified by other sources.
5: Some of the microfilm copies are very difficult to read and are the cause of mistakes.
6: DISCLAIMER: As hard as I have tried to not make mistakes there still are copying, spelling and editing mistakes that have slipped by me. So, always verify, verify, verify what you find with other sources! Your use of this web site signifies your agreement to accept any consequences resulting from your use of any information on this web site; that you are agreeing not to hold me liable for any damages; and that your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using this web site.
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