"Cheryl's point is well taken. If Pope County cemetery and newspaper records have also failed to provide a death certificate substitute, you might want to check adjacent counties' birth and death records. If the obvious records don't…"
"Glenn -- Thank you. I would be satisfied if there is no similar Elijah in the censuses. If there is, you might need to track them both to figure out which is which. As for the gentleman in 1912, I don't find him in the Cook County Clerk's…"
It might be interesting to compare their census neighbors in 1900 (say, 20 households on each side) with their census neighbors in 1920. Anybody on both lists? And where are those neighbors in 1910?
Have you consulted land records?…"
"Not for births, marriages, or deaths, if that is what you're looking for. IGS volunteers are working on a statewide marriage index. You will find a pre-1850 marriage index at the Indiana State Library web site. There is a published index of…"
"Micki -- County court records would be in either the county clerk or circuit court clerk's office. Federal district court records are in Chicago at the Great Lakes region of the National Archives, and I believe they would have bankruptcy cases…"
You can try for him in city directories -- Footnote has a big collection and a good many are on free sites including the Newberry Library's Chicago Ancestors. Manuscripts are a possibility either at the Newberry or the Chicago History…"
"Wow Micki, it sounds like a problem that will not be solved only on the internet. Sounds like you have the parents located in at least 2 places: the children's births, Grand Rapids MI in 1895, and maybe particular locations in Vermont at their…"
"Carroll -- I'm just having a lot of trouble getting my mind around her taking off on her own -- in the 1970s, yes, not in the 1870s. I see the statewide marriage index has an Ella Holmes marrying in 1872 in Hancock County, and a Sarah Holmes…"
"Carroll -- Wow -- this is a good one. It seems unlikely that a young single woman would go off entirely on her own in that time and place. Were there other siblings? Where did they go? Any other associates that can be identified? Did she sell all…"
Hi Harold! Noticed you have Barnum in the name's you're researching. Me, too! I have a Thomas Barnum, b. 1625, Kent, England, d. Danbury, CT, 1695. If he sounds familiar and you'd like to compare notes, send me a Friend invite! I'll be happy to share what I have! - Pam
Can you just hop over to the state pen and find prison records for me? Kidding but when I saw you were in LaPorte I chuckled because I was hired to do research for someone and the last they had heard of the man was 1935 or so in the state pen. Does you Smith line connect to KY and IN?