Well, friends, here it is mid-late September and I haven’t written since early July! (A change in employers and adjusting to a new job has taken longer than I thought.)
Before I started this blog, I wrote about a brickwall on my first blog, Rock of Ages: Grave Concerns. Madness Monday – Help Wanted (20DEC2011) and Wondering Wednesday – Lost: A Dead Body (Since 1970).
Lorne FARDING died November 25, 1970 in a small Canadian town called Wilkie, located in the province of Saskatchewan. The local newspaper WILKIE PRESS (Unity, SK) allegedly published an obituary for him. I state “allegedly” as the information I have is a transcript of the obituary with no date of publication.
The transcription gave Wilkie (Municipal) Cemetery for his place of burial. I “googled” the cemetery and located a transcription project list, but Lorne was not on it. Thinking he did not have a gravestone, I sent an e-mail to the Town Clerk, and a very polite young lady wrote back that she could not find any record of Lorne at all! She asked for alternative spellings too, and still no luck. She then suggested I write to the newspaper to verify the transcription, so I did.
I did receive one reply: that the office was closed over the 2011 Christmas holidays, the paper was changing its name (JAN2012) and that I should hear from someone in the New Year … but, that was nine months ago and I have written to them repetitively. Perhaps they meant the NEXT New Year? Very poor communication skills for a media outlet, I think.
It then came to me, perhaps my membership with the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society might be of some help? I looked in their online databases, but had a very slow connection that kept timing out; so, I sent in a research request to see if they have  the actual obit and when it was published; and,  a transcription and/or photograph of his gravestone (if he has one).
Now, it’s the waiting game, again, but at least I know, I’ll get an answer! If they come up empty-handed, then I would guess my next step will be contacting the Saskatchewan government for a death certificate.