The Perils of Paid Obits

The Perils of Paid Obits

Paid obituaries have the strange distinction of being considered matter of record even when the newspaper's editors have absolutely no power over their content. Editor & Publisher put up a humorous description of the errors that can be found when families write death notices. For example: "One descendant's obit...

Paid obituaries have the strange distinction of being considered matter of record even when the newspaper’s editors have absolutely no power over their content. Editor & Publisher put up a humorous description of the errors that can be found when families write death notices. For example:

“One descendant’s obit claimed his ancestry could be traced back to the Vikings (an honest mistake; I got suckered by that Web site too). Another claimed to be a descendant of George Washington—not good news to Martha, as she and George had no children.”

Lesson learned: Take obituaries with a grain of salt. Click here to read the story.

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