I am just mortified.
Here I am, a "Accredited Genealogist", looking at my own mother's obituary and not believing my eyes.
My mother passed away 27 years ago. I was a young mother with four children under five, three of which were in diapers and two were still on formula. Her death hit me hard.
And now, it's hitting me hard again.
Thanks to some wonderful new features in RootsMagic 5, I am transcribing source information into my ancestors' records. Memories come flooding back to me as I type away, remember their lives, their smiles, their cooking, and their funerals.
Then, I get to my own mother's obituary. I really don't know who gave the information to the newspaper. It may have been the funeral home, my father, one of my sisters, maybe even me! I really don't believe it was me, though. Even with my hands full, I think I would have done better than what was actually published.
Her maiden name is not even listed.
It states that she was a member of the Mormon Word of Wisdom. What is that? She was a Mormon, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We practice the Word of wisdom (no coffee, tea, alcohol or tobacco).
Her niece's name is listed as Juanita. Her actual name is Elwanda.
My sister's married name is misspelled.
My husband's name is misspelled.
MY name is misspelled.
There's nothing I can do about it now. I would love to post it on USGenWeb, but I'm too embarrassed. I would love to post it on FindAGrave, but I'm too embarrassed. I would have to do a lot of correcting and state the reasons why.
Which brings me to our own research, and why we just cannot rely upon one source of evidence. It's all part of piecing together the jigsaw puzzle of the lives of our ancestors. When something like this happens so close to home - my own mother - it makes me wonder about the information given on other documents in my possession.
I remember reading the obituary when it was first published. I scanned over it. I was grieving. I couldn't even think straight, for my mother had just died.
My feelings would be no different than any other grieving ancestor trying to give the correct information on a death certificate or for an obituary.