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Subject: [BlackSheep-L] forwared from Dora Smith
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 20:16:11 EST


Dora Smith <>

Carolyn:
>
> I could be more helpful if you could tell me exactly what you know
about
> your grandfather, and what you have tried. Also, if you have him
better
> pinned down than somewhere in Texas or New Mexico.
>
> I would think you would find out about draft registration at your
local
> library genealogy or special collections department, where you would
check
> to see if your ancestor served in a war. When there was a draft,
there
> has to have been a department in charge of it; it would be a matter of
> learning where those records are now. Voter registration atleast in
New
> York State is a local town, village or county government function, I
doubt
> if there was any central collecting of this information until
recently.
>
> I missed where social security information comes in, but if you're
talking
> about 1905, then it is unlikely he would be in the social security
> records, atleast not as dying or being born. There aren't social
security
> records on many people who died before the mid 1960's, even though I
think
> the act was passed in 1932. Alot of people didn't participate or
didn't
> have enough time in.
>
> Were Texas and New Mexico states in 1905? I sort of think Texas was
one
> of the last states admitted to the Union, in fact, I think it was a
> territory within the memory of President Johnson. This could make a
> difference whether census records exist for those states and where you
> would find them.
>
> A real good clue is usually the death certificate. It should say
where
> and when your grandfather was born, and probably will give you some
idea
> who his parents were. Of course, since you've tried everything, all
of
> this maya be simple minded. One thing people don't always think of;
> sometimes the cemetery also has important information to add. For
> instance, in Montreal, Canada, for some reason causes of death are
listed
> in the cemetery records but not on the death certificates in the civil
> records! It is from the cemetery that I learned that my great-great
> grandfather died of alcoholism. This is important, since I am
trying to
> trace the depression that came right down my line from his daughter.
>
> Yours,
> Dora Smith
>

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