Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Finally Found Great-Grandpa

Well, I’ve been in full research mode since getting back from SLC.  I’ve got a lot to write about, but I wanted to share a quick update based on a piece of paper I received in the mail today.

I had some clues to my great-grandfather’s whereabouts after his wife died in 1925, all pointing to Michigan.  I came up empty on a birth record while I was in SLC to either confirm or disprove the information collected from the only likely WWI draft card.  After re-examining what I had on him, I decided to order the death certificate for a John Cahill, whose last residence was St. Joseph County, Michigan, with a death date of January 1967 and a birth date that matched the WWI draft card.  Mind you, I put the request to the County Clerk in the mail on Friday…the certificate came today (super quick!!!). 

Lo and behold, it is without a doubt my great-grandfather.  His parents and wife are identified, and his sister was the informant, so there is no question in my mind that this is the correct record.  And since Catherine was listed as his wife (noted as deceased), this gives me a clue that he did not remarry, despite some speculations that he may have. 

Although I had to shell out $13 for the certificate, I’m very happy it’s the right person and confirms the information I had previously collected, which was questionable.



Leah Kleylein said...

Julie, how wonderful!!!! I'm so pleased for you, it must be the best $13 you've spent in a while! :-)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! But I urge you not to conclude that he did not remarry. My Great Grandmother is buried with bot of her married names. Yet her cemetery information and death certificate identify her first husband as her husband.

GrannyPam said...

It always feels good to make a breakthrough, congratulations!

Greta Koehl said...

Congratulations! Sounds like $13 well spent.

Tracy said...

Congratulations on such an important find!

wendy said...

Congrats! So excited to hear of your latest find & the documentation as well!

Claudia's thoughts said...

GREAT...I am excited anytime someone finds their correct information.

I do not mind spending the money if it yields the results I am seeking, now, if only we had a way to figure it would before we spend....

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