Saturday, June 4, 2011


top left Zephirin and Octavie, bottom Pierre Lavoie-1 - Copy

I have this newspaper clipping for my Grandmother’s obituary. I don’t know where it came from although I would imagine it was from Windsor, Ontario where she lived and died.

So how would you experienced genealogists site this source? I can say it is a newspaper clipping but what else?

Octavie Carriere Champagne was widowed 14 years before she died.

top left Octavie Carriere (l), Denise (r), top right (L to R) Rita, Octavie, Gertrude, Bottom Zephirin and Fred Carriere

Here she is with her eldest daughter, Denise. Denise went on to marry Pierre Lavoie but they had no children. Denise was widowed in middle age and never remarried.


geneabloggers said...


Do you have the original or just the scanned image? To me, this looks like the back of a memorial card or a funeral card which was handed out at the funeral home. Usually the front would have a religious image on it.

It could very well be that the newspaper simply took the card and used it for the obit as well.

Thomas MacEntee said...

I wrote this article on Funeral Cards at my blog over 3 years ago:

And then I wrote about how to actually cite the card:

Julie Cahill Tarr said...

Here's how I do newspaper clipping in conjunction with Mills' style guide (she considers them privately held materials and/or family artifacts):

"Article Title," undated clipping, ca. 1927, from unidentified newspaper; Artifact Collection Name (if you have a collection of papers where the item is of mine for example is Cahill Family Artifacts); privately held by Owner Name, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] City, State.

You should also include at the end, a statement of provenance (how it came into the owner's possession).

Hope this helps.

The Wabbit said...

As a genealogist since 1978. I would put this as a Memorial Ad. You can always have it traced with the Funeral home if it still exists.