So I typed in WAITS, and sure enough there was my 2nd GGF William! The listing showed his Name, Birth year, Death year, County, and the date of the publication. So I was absolutely certain that it was MY William! They have a handy "buy now" button right there that linked to their PayPal account, so I clicked away!
Obits of Nebraska charges $4.99 with 50 cents of each purchase donated to the Nebraska State Historical Society. Considering what it would cost me to find this image myself, not to mention the time, I was happy to fork over $5 for it (and even happier that they donate 10% to NSHS)!
There was an error on the landing screen after my purchase, so I forwarded a copy of it to the email address they provided.
According to my PayPal receipt, my order went through at 2:25p on 11/8/09 (Sunday). At 4:30pm the same day, I had an email from Barbara Starks along with a .pdf of William's obituary! Two hours and 5 minutes on a Sunday afternoon. Not too shabby!
Good afternoon, Kathy
Thank you for your support. Your selection for #20535, William Henry Waits is attached. If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to contact us at:firstname.lastname@example.org
Our email office hours are from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. In addition, I have forwarded the error message you received on to technical support.
O'Bits of Nebraska
I was happy to see that the image was labeled with the newspaper name, county, and date. Very useful to include the Source!
Since the file was in .pdf format, I zoomed way out on the image until I could see the whole thing on my screen at once (without scrolling). Then I just clicked on the upper left corner of the image and dragged a box down to the lower right corner. The right-clicked and selected "copy image". From there, I opened up Paint (which comes standard on almost everyone's computers these days), clicked "Edit" and then "Paste". Then "Save As", named the file WAITS_William_Henry_1845_1927.jpg, then saved it. Taa-Daaaaa!! It's now a photo. Now I just need to upload the photo onto my tree and I'm done!
I'm not sure why the file isn't sent as a .jpg file, but in reality it only added a few more steps to my process.
Obits of Nebraska has nine more WAITs on their website, some I recognized immediately and a few from Fillmore County which I don't think are related. One of those is William's wife Elve and although I have a copy of her obituary, I may order it anyway. This version of William's obituary was completely different than the transcript that I got from a cousin. And much longer!
I played around with the Search button and decided to see if I could find ALL of the Seward County obituaries. So I typed in "Seward" and it found 83 obituaries with Seward in them. Eight of which I believe are related as well, so I'll probably be back to get those too! A few just had Seward somewhere in their name, but the rest were all from Seward County. As I mentioned, Seward County is pretty rural and considering that these are all pre-1930, I think that's an amazing number!
All in all, I'm very pleased with the quality, service, and helpfulness of Obits of Nebraska and will definitely be back for more!