I though everyone might like to know the status of things with the Obituary Daily Times.
We do have access to the database now, so we've been updating it as we process our
backlog of obituary indices. We're almost caught up! Thank you for your patience.
So now you can use
to search the database. Remember that it expects names to be entered "LastName,
Firstname" (without the quotes). You also have the option of soundex or metaphone
search by using the dropdown menu where it has "Keyword" search selected by
I also discovered that Ancestry.com
has a search tool
This is a nice search tool, because it lets you search by things other than names.
However, I've noticed that a lot of results look rather odd, and then I looked at one
of the database files from 1995 (from when ODT started) and discovered that they must not
have standardized the database entries in the early days. Unfortunately, that means that
neither of the database search tools will work completely well on those older entries. I
will add that to my list of things to do and try to fix those older entries when I can.
I've gotten some questions about older obituaries and whether we accept index entries
for them. The answer is YES! All you need to do is have access to a copy of the obituary
-- in order to share it with other contributors, as stated in the instructions for
becoming a contributor at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/#conYou
also need the
name of the paper and the date of the paper when the obituary was printed.
If you'd like to become a contributor, please contact Jan Plambeck at
odtmoderator(a)gtmc.netPlease don't send the submissions directly to this list or to me
-- they need to go to a moderator and go through the proper processing so we keep
everything standardized and the database tools will work right.
Thank you for your patience and thank you to all contributors. If you have any questions
about the tools we use, please contact me. Keep up the good work! Peace be with you,
Alice J. Ramsay
Lombard, Illinois USA
[ "If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time."
-- Edith Wharton ]