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Subject: Re: [APG] Help reading census please...
Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2008 17:43:51 -0500
The initial indexing for the Minnesota Death Index (online at www.mnhs.org) was
contracted out by the Minnesota Health Department and did not include all of
the fields that are listed on the index. Thus,the "NA" listed for the place of
birth for Ellsworth J. LUKENBILL does not mean that the information is not on
the record itself.
Another source for his place of birth would be an obituary. The Minnesota
Historical Society has the largest collection of Minnesota newspapers. You can
request microfilmed copies through Interlibrary loan. For a list of newspapers
click on "Collections" on the MHS website.
Joanne M. Sher
Member of APG
Quoting Rollie Littlewood <>:
> At 02:15 AM on 7/2/2008 Kory L. Meyerink, AG wrote:
> >...it seems clear that Ellsworth was indeed born in Iowa. Not only
> does the 1880 census show that he, and an older brother were born in
> Iowa, but his 1910, 1920 and 1930 census records (all in Minnesota) all
> confirm his Iowa birth, as does the 1905 Minnesota state census....
> I would say that Kory has found pretty convincing evidence that Iowa
> is right and that any New York idea should be scrapped. The Iowa state
> censuses are unlikely to be of any help, as the years they were taken
> are nowhere near when Ellsworth was born. I have to wonder if "Ballona"
> could have been a "local name" for some place in Iowa which didn't make
> it into the atlas-type lists. I don't find anything very close in
> AniMap's SiteFinder. I have a prejudice against Balfour being the
> birthplace, as it is on the western border of Iowa; I am expecting the
> "right place" to be near the Mississippi.
> The MHS death certificate index INDICATES that there is no
> birthplace mentioned on the death certificate for Ellsworth J.
> LUKENBILL (note the spelling difference), but it will cost you only $9
> to find out for sure. Elsworth (that is how he signed the card)
> Lukenbill's World War I registration gives a precise date of birth (28
> June 1875), but "old men" (those who registered in September 1918) were
> not asked for their place of birth.
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