NOT Using a Perpetual Calendar – Tuesday’s Tip

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NOT Using a Perpetual Calendar – Tuesday’s Tip

The tip for this Tuesday is so transparently obvious I’m probably outing myself as duh-humb. But here goes.
I do a lot of searching for death notices in Chicago newspapers. In fact, paid death notices are a vital source for anyone researching in metropolitan areas.
So I have over 240 death notices that have really informed my research. But those death notices usually only say something like “Services on Tuesday at 2 p.m.” So for each death notice, I’d have to open up a perpetual calendar (I really like the one at and set the year and figure out the burial date from the perpetual calendar.
That takes a lot of time – time I could be spending finding more death notices. So last week while I was hip-deep in ProQuest Obituaries, the light went on. I’m on a full page of death notices and somebody somewhere on that page must mention the date in connection with services. And they do – every time!
Example: This death notice for Emma Anderson states “services Saturday 10 a.m.” The Delbridge death notice the next column to the right says services will be held “Saturday May 4.” The answer was right on the same page, inches away.
This is approximately two million times faster (time scientifically determined) and I can’t believe it took me 200 death notices to figure this out. D’oh is me!

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”


  1. Carol 2 November 2010 at 7:09 AM

    Great, simple hint! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Greta Koehl 2 November 2010 at 7:06 PM

    This will save me a lot of time with my newspaper archive subscription. Thanks!

  3. Sassy Jane Genealogy 3 November 2010 at 7:47 AM

    Glad it helps! I wish I’d figured this out sooner. :/

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