I wish - oh, how I wish! - that I could find a published obituary for Elizabeth Gerner. It wouldn't need to be front page news -- just a tiny few lines would do -- but since I'm wishing, I might as well wish big. My wished-for obituary would include the information below.
Elizabeth [last name - not included here so someone can't add misinformation to a family tree], wife of Christian, died yesterday, [day and date], in [location]. Elizabeth was born in [town/city], [country], on [date]. She and Christian married on [date and location]. They had [number] children, [names of children], before immigrating to Butler County, Pennsylvania, on [date], where they settled with their young family. [Number] more children were born to them while living in [name of town].
Elizabeth's parents were [father's and mother's names including mother's maiden name]. Her siblings included [names].
Surviving Elizabeth are [names of children with spouses' names along with living locations], [and anyone else of importance, especially family members].
[Some detail about Elizabeth's personality, character, traits, etc.]
That's this Wednesday's wish. In the scheme of worldly events, it's nothing. To my family history research, it would be a great step forward.
But you know what they say: "If wishes were horses...."
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