As I have never come across a problem like this before, I put this to the experienced researchers out there.
When searching for relatives, I am familiar with death dates being off anywhere between one to ten years, the surname misspelled and/or the given names reversed or misspelled, but not the body being misplaced completely!
How does one lose a dead body? No, I’m not asking for ideas from The Godfather, or The Sopranos.
When trying to locate a deceased person’s burial, you would look for an obituary to confirm a burial took place and where it occurred, right? I thought so, and that’s what I did!
Finding the town’s webpage, I sent an e-mail to the City Clerk, inquiring where the cemetery is located in the community, and what section my relative is buried in.
The clerk replied to confirm the spelling of his name – that seemed odd to me, but simple reasoning explained it away as thorough investigating on the clerk’s part.
She soon responded again, that there was only one cemetery in town and my relative was not in it!
How can that be? The obituary said ….
I went and googled it, to check for errors, and found the newspaper …
The Editor responded in kind with a PDF copy of the entire page, below is the obituary.
WILKIE PRESS (Unity, Saskatchewan), 23 December 1970
The next attempt was the cemetery photograph website, FIND A GRAVE.
There are only 4 FARDING burials on record and Lorne is not among them.