Thursday, January 24, 2008

Plain City gets noticed

You'd think Garrison Keillor had a hand in naming Plain City, a small town straddling the line between Union and Madison counties just west of Columbus, Ohio. I haven't had occasion to work there, but in this week's NEHGS E-news, the oldest and largest US genealogical society takes note of the local library's burial database.

The database is arranged alphabetically, and for most entries it gives name, death date, death place, burial date, and cemetery (or where removed to if not local). The underlying source or sources of the database aren't given, but will be of interest if you find leads here. (I have rarely consulted an original record that didn't somewhere tell more than the on-line version!) On the plus side, in placing it online, the librarians appear to have resisted the impulse to mix in information (such as "wife of...") that "everybody knows" but that does not actually appear in the original document.

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