That will be determined by just how much information you have found. I am going to send you in search of a little meat for your bare bones genealogy. Hopefully you have some sort of a genealogy program. Most of these have spots where you can write quite lengthy comments. This is where you will put in the family stories and perhaps some information you will find in the newspaper.
First you need to figure our where your ancestor was living. It is not always easy if they are not city people to find out which newspapers were being printed at the time. I was lucky, I still lived in the general area where my grandparents and great-grandparents lived. Obituaries 100 years ago were often filled with flowery language and lots of information.
What can you find in an obit:
- Place of birth
- Names of parents and siblings
- Cause of death
- Religious affiliations/church
- Clubs and organizations they belonged to
- Names of other relative and connections (pall bearers)
- Where buried
- Visits from friends
- Going to visit family and friends
- Military service and action
- Legal proceedings
You may find a lot of information and you may find very little. There are some people who did manage to stay under the radar so to speak but even if you don't find a lot of specific things, you will still get to know the lives and times of your ancestors in their area much better.
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