The files can provide a wondrous amount of information on a family. Take the file of John Bryson Abbott who died 28 Jan 1935. Inside you will find newspaper clippings tracking his family for quite a few years. In wondering why, we discovered that his bill was not completely paid until 1946.
The file includes a Certificate of Burial which gives parents names and birth places, his wife, the fact he had lived in Redwood City for 9 years and that he is buried in Alta Mesa Cemetery. There are two typed obituaries, plus two clipped from newspapers.
There is a copy of the bill for the funeral and a notice of a trustee sale for the property in 1941.
In addition there is a notice of his son Cyril's marriage license application as well as one for a nephew, an article about his son's fiance's bridal shower, an obituary for his sister, a hand written note sending the viewer to another file for information on the marriage of another son. In other words, a lot of genealogical information that could save hours of research time.
This project is no small undertaking. As Barbara Ebel and I set up the process today, just three files took us 45 minutes, so we can use all the help we can get. If you would like to lend a hand using the library scanner, or by scanning at home contact Publications@smcgs.org for details.