David Henry Carder was the brother of my great grandfather, Nathan Isaac Carder. I have 2 obituaries for David. The first is from the Lima News, Lima, Ohio and the second is from the Marion Star, Marion, Ohio. Mrs. Simon Barry named in the obituary was David's daughter, Lavella. She was Audrey's mother.
I'm not going to discuss the content of the obits because you can read them for yourself. What I am going to discuss is why I have two obituaries for David.
The first element of the GPS states that a reasonably exhaustive search for sources of information be conducted. Why? To minimize reaching inaccurate conclusions. If that's not a good enough reason to follow the standards of the GPS, then here's an even better one. Good genealogists use the GPS. By using it, they become better genealogists and isn't that what we all want? To improve our genealogical skills and reach the most accurate conclusion we can.
You may have an obituary for an ancestor but if you know that there are other local newspapers for that time period and you haven't searched for the ancestor''s obituary in them, just because you already have one for him, then you have not exhausted all resources that may exist and contain information that was not in the first one or that may have additional information.
Let's look at the differences in these two obituaries for the same man. In the first obituary, David's surname is spelled "Carter". In the second his surname is spelled "Carder". Right away, we have an inconsistent piece of information. Next, the first obit does not mention the name of the cemetery in which David was to be interred. The second one tells us that he was to be interred at Fairview Cemetery. The first one states that he was a lifelong resident of Hardin County, however it says that he was born in Champaign County. It also gives his street address. The second one doesn’t mention residency, except that he was from Kenton. Both give his age as 83 years old but only the first one specifically states a birth date. While there’s not a lot of differences between the two obituaries, the differences may be significant depending on what the question you are trying to answer and prove is.