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Author Topic: And again help me. Why is it necessary?  (Read 710 times)
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« on: July 25, 2016, 04:38:15 pm »

Found on EBay this thing - Funeral registry book

http://www.ebay.com/itm/252464115336?_trksid=p11010.c100353.m3748&_trkparms=aid%3D555012%26algo%3DPW.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D37326%26meid%3D3b2bc77fc24a4b53bf453ef27fc8ecfb%26pid%3D100353%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D162140804338

Tell me how to use it? why is it necessary?
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2016, 05:03:34 pm »

It seems to be a visitors book for a certain dead gentleman lying 'in state'. Probably where one would 'pay one's respects' by signing it.

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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2016, 05:40:16 pm »

It seems to be a visitors book for a certain dead gentleman lying 'in state'. Probably where one would 'pay one's respects' by signing it.

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I'd say that's exactly what it is, based on the description of condition:

“NAME OF DECEASED AND VISITORS SIGNATURES WRITTEN INSIDE”   
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2016, 06:11:30 pm »

I understand?

There are late.

There is a funeral.

Who came to the funeral, signs that album?
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2016, 09:46:19 pm »

I understand so- a book of remembrance.

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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2016, 10:34:43 pm »

I did something similar (though not as classy) for my husband's 30th birthday over-the-hill party.  Guests mourned his lost youth, and wrote condolences in the book.

That was 30 years ago.  Now it seems pretty indulgent, if not idiotic. 
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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2016, 12:00:43 am »

I think this may still be practiced and seems fine to me.
Maybe it goes with the casket?
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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2016, 05:41:02 am »

I think this may still be practiced and seems fine to me.
Maybe it goes with the casket?

It is current practice, at least in Southwestern Ontario. What I find curious is the description "1880-1936" suggesting this may have been used for more than one funeral. I shall ask my cousin (the family undertaker) about this at the next opportunity.

EDIT: Nevermind; the detailed description says that the deceased was born in 1880, which suggests this is an ordinary funeral register of the sort with which I have become all too familiar of late.

I shall refrain from commenting on the seller, beyond this:
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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2016, 06:46:20 am »

Tell me how to use it? why is it necessary?

Tradition, mostly...time was,  most extended families only ever got ALL their members together in one place for weddings and funerals. The tradition of guestbooks, registries, even "autograph books" where people would collect their friends' signatures---- all of that comes from a time when not everyone owned a camera---  the only record of who people were and what they did, was the written word.  Keeping records of family events was a way to keep up with family.

The registry wasn't complicated--- it was just a book for signatures;  people would sign their names to 'register' their presence at the event.

A long time ago, people used to keep letters, write daily in their journals--likewise, they'd keep track of visitors and attendees of family reunions, weddings, and funerals.  This was, for the common man, a way to keep up with history.

Don't you have an old school yearbook full of your friends' signatures and well-wishes?  Same thing... same sentiment.

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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2016, 11:33:14 am »

^...yup.
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« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2016, 05:06:51 pm »

Back when I was still living in the US, for twenty years I worked at a cemetery/mortuary location in Southern California and was a guest elsewhere, for funerals for several friends and relatives. Based on my experience  Harvey Midnight, et al. have summed it up rather nicely.   
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