Column: One Man, Two Obituaries, Three Sides of the Story

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Title: One Man, Two Obituaries, Three Sides of the Story

Snippet: A recent event reminded me of an important fact to keep in mind: everything in print is not the truth or the exact truth. In my naïve youth, I believed everything written in newspapers and in books was the absolute truth. I never questioned it. I was so wrong.

History books are being rewritten and people who were once hailed as heroes are being revealed to be not all they were bragged up to be. In my older age, I’ve learned to read with a critical eye. What was and still is recorded in print is the viewpoint and the opinion of the writer or institution paying to have the body of work published. It’s not necessarily the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

The incident that reminded me of this involved a published obituary. Actually, it involved two obituaries written for the same person that appeared in the same US newspaper on the same day. They were written by two different people: the decease’s wife and his mistress.

Apparently the two women knew about each other but not surprisingly, they couldn’t agree upon how to remember their dearly departed lover.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.


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