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Obituary composition to be taught

Published: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

PRINCETON – A free obituary writing workshop will be from 9 to 11 a.m. March 15 at the Bureau County Genealogy Society library, 629 S. Main St.

Jean Cavada and Elaine Newell, society volunteers, will lead the workshop.

The program is intended to help people prepare content for their own obituary, and to learn how to complete an obituary for someone else. Tips and examples will be discussed. Those attending should bring writing materials.

Advance registration is requested, but not required.

The genealogists will have their regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the society library.

Floyd Ham, a member of the Henry County Genealogical Society, will present the program.

The topic will be “Illinois Freedom of Information Act and Genealogy.” Ham has spent the last 7 years searching through records and databases. In the process, he has become knowledgable in the use of primary sources, such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, death certificates, and probate records.

The meeting is open to the public; there is no charge.

For more information, stop at the library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, or call 815-879-3133.

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