Death notice or obituary helps relatives trace family lineage

CINCINNATI - Any chance of successfully tracing your family tree may have once gone to the grave with the death of a  loved one.

Genealogy expert, Thomas Jordan, says tracking down your family's ancestry can actually begin with an old funeral program or death notice.
 
"One of the obituaries listed a cemetery of a relative of mine where he was buried at. I followed the clues on this particular cemetery and wound up finding where my great, great grandparents were buried and a whole section of my relatives," Jordan said.
 
Jordan shared how you can collect clues by reading newspaper death notices from relatives who may have died years ago.
 
"She was a member of the Cheviot Westwood Kiwanis. There may be records of her participation and what she did in this Kiwanis Club," Jordan pointed out as he read an obit from the local newspaper.
 
He says relatives could visit the club or even their relatives church for additional information.
 
Jordan pointed out the Catholic church has traditionally kept excellent records of their church members' birthdays and marriage dates.He says the church could be a great resource to begin your search.
 
Jordan started searching for his relatives about five years ago. He says so far he's been able to trace his lineage back to a relative born in 1790.
 
Jordan will be sharing information during a lecture at the main branch of the Cincinnati Public Library downtown. The lecture kicks off the "Pulling Ancestors from the Shadows" series at the library.
 
The free event is Saturday, February 2 at 2 p.m.
 
Jordan's lecture is called "How to Pick Apart a Death Notice or Obituary."

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