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Becky Carman will display some of these binders from the library Sunday at the museum. She has been working on compiling obituaries for several years.
Museum to display obituary information for research
Becky Carman, a Chase County Historical Society board member, will be at the Chase County Museum Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
She will have a display of some obituary archives from Lied Imperial Public Library that are available to the public for researching information or help in genealogy research.
Carman has been working on the obituary binders for several years, which also include obituaries of Chase County veterans.
Carman will be going over what should and should not be in an obituary and the importance of including factual information when writing one.
Handouts of examples and information will be provided, she said.
Obituaries can provide information about family members, past and present, who are an extension of the person who died, she added.
“The library is a great resource for exploring your family tree,” Carman said.
The compilation of obituaries are organized in alphabetized binders, she said.
Dennis Batterman has been compiling information on obituaries and funerals, to name a few, for an extended length of time.
“I have been inputting data in the library card file as well as information on the Southwest Genealogy Society site on the library webpage,” Batterman said.
He didn’t know how far back in history the obituary binders went, but the library has access to past obituaries as far back as the 1890s, he said.
Carman will be on hand to answer questions and explain good procedures when writing obituaries, she said.
Refreshments will be served on Sunday.
Carman’s program Sunday will be the first at the museum this summer, after it opened last week with an ice cream social.