The 1963 obituary for Mexican-immigrant Aurelia Compeán reads, “Matriarch Dies at 105; 21 Children.” Extended family members knew little about the family history when the clipping surfaced in 2003, other than they fled Mexico during the Revolution and came from the state of San Luis Potosí. At first glance, this treasured obituary lacks concrete genealogical information. But its rich clues, combined with research in mostly online sources, revealed a couple of centuries of family history.
This case study demonstrates how to dissect an obituary to investigate each clue, the types of records and strategies used, and an analysis of the evidence discovered.
- Learn how to identify every clue possible in an obituary, and then form those into manageable research questions and goals.
- Gain an understanding of the major online record collections available for Mexican and Mexican-American family history research.
- Become familiar with the Genealogical Proof Standard, and learn how thorough genealogists use it to conduct more credible research.
- Format: Instructional lecture.
- Length: 60 minutes, including Q&A.
- Audience: Genealogists and family historians.
- Experience: Strong beginners, intermediate.