Sunday’s Obituary: Alfred Paul Bayly, Seattle, Washington


Here are three obituary/newspaper item statements about the same person, from two different newspapers on the same day. Which one do you like best? They are all different to some degree.

Alfred Paul Bayly

Alfred Paul Bayly, 75, of 851 Thistle St., a retired iron molder died Wednesday.

Born in San Francisco, he had lived in Seattle 41 years. Survivors include his wife, Mary, and a brother, Frank Bayly, Bainbridge Island.

Rosary will be said at 8. p.m. Friday in the Georgetown Funeral Home, and requiem mass at 9 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle, Washington, 2 March 1951, page 21, column 5.

Alfred P. Bayly

Rosary for Alfred Paul Bayly, 75 of 851 Thistle St., will be said at 8 o’clock tonight in the Georgetown Funeral Home and Requiem Mass at 9 o’clock tomorrow forenoon, in Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Burial will be in Calvary. He died Wednesday.

Mr. Bayly, born in San Francisco, had lived in Seattle 41 years. He was a retired iron molder.

Surviving are his wife, Mary, and a brother, Frank Bayly, Bainbridge Island.

Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington, 2 March 1951, page 40, column 7.


BAYLY – Alfred P., Feb. 28, at 511 Thistle Street, age 75 years. Beloved husband of Mary L. Bayly. Brother of Frank and George Bayly. Rosary Friday (today), 8. p.m. from Chapel Georgetown Funeral Home. Requiem High Mass Saturday, 9. a.m. from Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment Calvary.

Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington, 2 March 1951, page 40, column 2.

The correct street address is 851 Thistle Street, although, in the 1940 U. S. Census, the family had lived at 857 Thistle Street (and was mis-enumerated as “Dayly.”

The brother, Frank, appears in all of them, but George in only one. In a fourth item, from the P-I, he also appears; but I didn’t post it because the image I have is too dark.

Tell me what you think.



City Directory Sunday: Seattle 1940

This is the first installment of a new series called City Directory Sunday, in which I’ll be featuring images from various city directories. I’ll start with Seattle’s 1940 R. L. Polk’s directory and a random page column. This is page 477, column 2.

Seattle city directory 1940, page 477, column 2

I do document look-ups in a number of Seattle area libraries and repositories, so can easily find family or friend entries in this city directory. Other city directories are available from states such as Alaska, Idaho, and Oregon. Contact me if you’d like a lookup. I’m also available for obituary research on


Note: Diana James’ Shared Walls

Diana James just published Shared Walls: Seattle Apartment Buildings, 1900-1939, a history of apartment dwelling in Seattle during the years listed in the title.

This is (an as yet unseen) welcome addition to the house history field as it expands on the regular house history field of research.

Two articles in the Seattle Times give you more of a preview than I can. Here they are:

A book review of Shared Walls

A “Now and Then” installment which mentions Shared Walls.

Only 2,000 copies have been printed, according to one of the pieces, and I’m sure they’ll go fast. Shared Walls is available at


Articles in the new Seattle Genealogical Society Bulletin

The new issue of the Seattle Genealogical Society’s Bulletin is out. Two of articles are my contributions. The first one is a different version of one of the Typography for Genealogists (T4G) articles. The other one is a descendant genealogy of Rudolph Gessner who was born in Ohio and moved to Washington State. You can contact the society at their website for copies or find it at your local library.

See SGS Bulletin, Autumn 2011 – Winter 2012, Volume 61, Number 1, pages 13 and 20. The bulletin is a benefit of society membership and is included within the cost. Non-members are encouraged to join and/or find a copy at a major library.

It is a fun and interesting experience to write for the SGS, and I’ll be contributing more articles in the future.

Two other articles are about newspaper research, one is about philatelic (stamp collecting) research and genealogical research, and a fourth is about ancestors’ deceptions. They are all interesting!


© N. P. Maling — Sea Genes – Family History & Genealogy Research

Saturday’s TMG Users Group Meeting

Downtown Seattle, Washington and the Bainbridg...

Seattle Skyline

I went to the 11 February 2012 Seattle TMG (The Master Genealogist )Users Group Meeting. There were 16 people there, including the leader Ed Godfrey.

Two of the members gave running presentations about their RootsTech 2012 experiences, the sessions they went to, and what they learned there. It was all interesting, but the takeaway for me was that there’s not much new under the sun. I’ve been using computers since the early 1980s, so a lot of these things are like an old hat for me.

Mr. Godfrey gave a good overview of The Master Genealogist version 8.01 place tools (Master Place List, etc.). Thanks, Ed.


© 2012 N. P. Maling

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Edited 27 October 2019

Sunday’s Obituary – Frank S. Maling, Seattle, Washington

Frank S. Maling

Funeral services for Frank S. Maling, 70 years old, of 6031 Beacon Ave., will be held at 10:30 o’clock Monday forenoon at the Home Undertaking Company. Burial will be in Riverton Crest. He died Thursday at Redmond.

Mr. Maling, born in Canada, had lived here since 1898. He was a retired farmer.

Surviving are a son, Howard S., and a stepson, William Biart, both of Seattle.

Seattle Daily Times, Seattle, Washington, 12 October 1946, page 14, column 5.

Obituary, Frank S. Maling

"Frank S. Maling," Seattle Daily Times, Seattle, Washington, 12 October 1946, page 14, column 5.