The challenge today was to find the death notice of my second great-grandmother, Abbie A. (Vaux) Smith (1844-1931), who died 11 September 1931 in San Diego. I recalled seeing a newspaper clipping about twenty years ago and wanted to find a digitized version of it.
Since GenealogyBank has the San Diego newspapers, so this should be a piece of cake, right? Just do a search in 1931 for Abbie Smith (or maybe Abigail, or Abbey) with San Diego as keywords to limit the search. Nope, no luck.
I took out the given name Abbie and added the surname Carringer to the Keyword section, and had no success.
I took out the San Diego, as shown below:
There were only 23 matches.
Number 10 on the list above looks like the prize:
Yep, there she is! It doesn't say too much:
"SMITH -- Sept. 11, 1931. Abbie A. Smith,
mother of Mrs. Della A. Carringer and
grandmother of Lyle L. Carringer and
Mrs. Eva De France and Mrs. Maybelle
Milner, all of this city; a native of
New York; age 86 years; Friends are
invited to attend services at Benbough's
Funeral Parlors, 7th and Date sts.; Sat-
urday at 4 p.m. Cremation, Benbough's
crematory. Please omit flowers."
A source citation (using the RootsMagic source template for "Newspaper, Online Images":
"OBITUARY," [San Diego] Evening Tribune, 12 September 1931, page 18, column 1, Abbie A. Smith death notice; digital image, GenealogyBank (http://www.genealogybank.com : accessed 29 June 2015), Newspaper Archives.
Why couldn't I find this item with the first name? Well, the print was so run together that the OCR read the name as Abble rather than Abbie. A search using Abb* as the first name also provides the article.
I still haven't found Abbie's urnsite. Since she was cremated, she may be at Cypress View Mausoleum in San Diego, which is where my great-grandparents and grandparents are inurned. I need to look for Abbie's son, David D. Smith there also.
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