I looked up my ancestors on the BMS2000 site. The BMS is a site where we can get marriage, birth and death records so we can find out, for instance, the year when people got married and who they got married with. It also tells the father’s and mother’s name. We can also find out where they got married and probably also lived. I knew my grandparents’ names (Andre Lemieux and Yolande Lefrancois) and from that I found my great grandparents names, their parents names etc.
These are the mortuary cards of my great-grandparents Adelard Lemieux and Juliette Lapointe.
Mortuary cards are given to people who come to the funeral. They are used as something to remember a loving family member.
On mortuary cards we can find out when the person died, at what age they died and who they were married with. Some mortuary cards also have little messages to comfort the sad family members. Sometimes there are even appealing pictures, again to comfort the family members.
Artefacts: Mortuary Cards
GEN TIP: Mortuary cards are not official documents but they’re a great place to start when looking for death dates and approximate birth dates.