Several years ago I was looking up some obituaries as a favor for someoneI am glad to say that this is certainly not the case with Birth
Announcements in the London Jewish Chronicle. I was looking at copies >from
the 1870's at the British Library Newspaper Library in London.
The birth announcements are the very first item in the paper.
Interestingly I found that the announcement for my father's uncle only gave
the Hebrew date, whereas all the others gave the secular date.
COHNREICH (Anklam, Germany Krajenka, Poland) ATLAS (Wielkie Oczy (near
Lvov/Lemberg), Poland) WEITZMAN (Cracow), WECHSLER(Schwabach, Germany)
KOHN/WEISSKOPF (Wallerstein and Kleinerdlingen,Germany) LANDAU (only adopted
on leaving Belarus or later)/FREDKIN (?) (Gomel, Mogilev, Chernigov,
Several years ago I was looking up some obituaries as a favor for someone
else and found that in those days newspapers didn't have a section for
obituaries. They were squeezed in between news articles and social notices
here and there, particularly in small town newspapers. In one case, I didn't
find the obit I was looking for but simply a notice that a man was home from
out-of-town visiting his mother, with no mention of the father's death!