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United States of America / Orphan trains
« on: Sunday 18 February 18 02:11 GMT (UK)  »
I ran into this interesting short documentary on 'orphan trains' while looking for something else.  There are a few photos and records available on line.

United States of America / Death - Abbie Catherine Childs
« on: Saturday 27 January 18 19:59 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone find an obituary or death record corresponding to this person whose burial is recorded at Find-A-Grave?

Abbie Catherine Childs
Birth unknown
Death 8 Mar 1957
Burial Riverside Cemetery Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 145246798

United States of America / What became of Virginia Childs?
« on: Sunday 21 January 18 21:51 GMT (UK)  »
I am looking for Virginia Childs, born 23 December, 1916 in Los Angeles.  Her parents were Eli Alexander Childs and Abigail [Abbie] Catherine Fox.  She can be found with her mother in Los Angeles in 1920 and 1930 but there is no sign of her thereafter - no marriage, no death.

The Common Room / Name changes
« on: Sunday 24 December 17 17:30 GMT (UK)  »
What do people generally do about recording surname changes in a family tree - stick to the original birth surname or record the person under the new surname?

I have an individual who changed his surname from Rosewarne to Rosewaine.  This happened in about 1925 to 30ish when he was about 25 years old.  I don't know if the change was made in court but he lived out the rest of his life and was buried under the new name.  His daughter was born with the amended name.  As far as I can tell, no other member of his family made such a change; the rest all stuck with Rosewarne.

US Completed Requests / Death of Elizabeth Mvusi [completed]
« on: Saturday 23 December 17 16:00 GMT (UK)  »
I'd appreciate a death lookup in the "Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad" for Elizabeth Baccouche Mvusi who died in Zambia in 1973.

United States of America / Obituary of Ralph Baccouche
« on: Thursday 21 December 17 23:46 GMT (UK)  »
I am looking for an obituary of Ralph Baccouche, born 1929 in Tunisia.  He could also be known as Raouf Baccouche or possibly Fouad Baccouche.  I believe he died on 5 January 1959 and is buried in Long Island National Cemetery East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York.

United States of America / California birth and death records
« on: Sunday 17 December 17 18:42 GMT (UK)  »
How are still births recorded in California?  Are they in the birth index?  Are they in the death index?  Are they in both?  The birth I am interested in was recorded in 1943, so no names mentioned.  I am coming to suspect it was a still birth but I can't find any death record that corresponds to the birth.

US Resources & Offers / High school and college yearbooks
« on: Saturday 09 December 17 00:56 GMT (UK)  »
A lot more college and high school yearbooks have been digitized since the last time I looked and many are available online for free.  It's definitely worth taking a look for photos if you know where your ancestors went to high school or college.  I found several photos today that I hadn't seen before, including this one of my grandmother in the 'Treble Clef' music club, University of Oregon, class of 1902 [Webfoot Yearbook, 1903].  She is in the middle row, fourth from the left, and was a 'first alto.'

United States of America / Where was Frank Kilmer in 1910 and 1920?
« on: Sunday 27 August 17 19:17 BST (UK)  »
Can anyone find Frank E. Kilmer [Killmer] in the 1910 and 1920 censuses?

Frank E. Kilmer was born 12 August 1890 in Racine, Wisconsin.  I believe his parents were Edwin George Kilmer and Wilhelmina Klein however, by 1900, he was recorded as the adopted son of Samuel and Emmeline Ennis.  In 1917, he registered for the WWI draft in Wibaux County, Montana and he married Violet June Harp in Wibaux County in 1919.  What became of Violet is unknown but he married Mary O'Connor in 1928 in Polk County, Minnesota.  He was recorded on the 1930 and 1940 censuses in North Dakota. He died there in 1967 and is buried in Pembina County, ND.

1900 census:
WWI draft:
first marriage:
second marriage:
1930 census:
1940 census:

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