Today while I and a couple of the other researchers at Genealogists.com staff were looking for a death record of Josiah Oden, we re-realized how important it is to look at the original… We knew that Josiah
died in 1925 in Ohio. FamilySearch has
the Ohio death collection 1908-1953 online, indexed and images. We like to work from the
actual collection whenever we can.
enter Ohio deaths. This displays two
collections: one with images and indexed, and one with index only. Click the collection with the image (camera icon) 1908-1953.
3. For the last name enter Oden. Click the word Death and enter Muskingum for
the place, 1925 for the year. Press Enter on your keyboard.
place. His father is not the father that we had listed, and 1899 is about 40 years too late. We didn’t even look at it, but kept on searching and… nothing. Finally we thought we would go back and
reexamine this Joseph.
jumped out was that the handwriting was very difficult and messy. We knew the indexer would index what he/she saw. Nothing “fit” what was in our database. We looked at the informant and found Clyde as
the son of Josiah, whose father was also Josiah. We relooked at the name and saw that Joseph was actually Josiah. Also, the father that is indexed as Isaiah is
actually Josiah if you look closely. However, we still had the problem with age. Our Josiah was born in 1849, not 1899. Upon closer examination, what jumped out was that the date was 1925 and the person was 76 years, 2 months and 26 days
old. Even for someone who doesn’t
like math, we knew that 1899 could not be correct; however, 1849 would be correct. Our Josiah was born July 12, 1849.
- The indexed
Joseph was actually Josiah
- His birth date
was not July 12, 1899 as indexed, but July 12, 1849
- The father
was not Isiah, but in fact Josiah