When browsing older newspapers for the history of your family, you may come across an interesting piece of genealogical data. However, the wise genealogist is advised to look a few days further for the inevitable correction.
I ran across the following headline from the 22 July 1930 NY Times regarding John Keating Jr, of Cumberland, MD. (John was a member of the Cumberland Keatings. While not related, the Cumberland Keatings share many names with my Frostburg Keatings (and also with the also-not-related Lonaconing Keatings…).
GINGER ROGERS TO MARRY; Dancer Is to Wed John Keating Jr. in New York on Aug 2.
Special to The New York Times.
July 22, 1930, Tuesday
Section: Amusements, Page 28, 139 words
You can imagine my surprise when I saw this link between Allegany County, Maryland and the illustrious Ms. Rogers. In the following day’s paper, however, I found this headline:
TO WED MISS V.R. RODGERS.; John Keating Jr. Not Engaged to Ginger, Rogers, Dancer.
July 23, 1930, Wednesday
Page 25, 181 words
The lesson is to always remember to read a few days past the obituary or article, you might find corrected or additional information!