Linda Bailey submitted this document to my RootsTech 2016 Darned Record contest.
We depend upon records to reveal the “truth” about the past. Yet sometimes records have anomalies. Some are amusing or humorous. Some are interesting or weird. Some are peculiar or suspicious. Some are infuriating, or downright laughable.
The Whole Story
by Linda Bailey
I used this document to encourage our Oakland family history library staff to learn how to research the story. I've seen too many times when a “researcher” used an indexed record and never bothered to actually look at the document image to cull all the details. i gave them this one and challenged them to research as much of the backstory as possible. They gave me everything from a video of a corn shredder in action to where the rest of Herman was buried to burial customs of different religious groups. It was a fun exercise.