But I think I have a fairly narrow view of Craig, from my vantage point as older sister and family matriarch and caretaker. When I posted the news of his death and his pre-written message to his favorite listserves, the expressions of sympathy and loss, along with the memories of his friendship and companionship were heartwarming. And it occurs to me that in writing his obituary, I need to solicit memories of him from those who, perhaps, knew him better than I did.
In my book, Genealogy Offline: A beginner's guide to family history records that are not online, I've made a point of describing records that are only found in libraries, archives, historical societies and museums. Here is an excerpt, describing an obituary I found for my great grandfather, Henry Hickox Chase:
A few years ago I was visiting the Manistee County Historical Museum in Manistee, Michigan, a treasure trove of artifacts, photographs and historic information about life in Northern Michigan over 100 years ago. I happened to mention to the director that I’d never found an obituary for my great-grandfather Henry Chase, who had lived in Bear Lake for decades. He asked me the name and date, and disappeared downstairs into the basement. Before too long, he came upstairs with the original copy of the Manistee County Pioneer Press for Friday, September 13, 1940, and right there on the front page was the obituary I needed.