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Death records provide familial information to genealogists, statistical information for researchers, and an occasional chuckle for archivists.  My morbid fascination with death registers paid off one day when I found the 1876 death record of one John Smith of Fairfax County.  The person who recorded his death couldn’t resist adding:

”Killed by trap gun set to shoot thieves.  It got Mr. S. on the first fire – It is feared there are no chickens where John has gone.”

Naturally, this made my whole week.  Hope you enjoy it too!

-Kelly Gilbert Sizemore, Senior Reference Archivist

Kelly Gilbert Sizemore

Former Senior Reference Archivist

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