I did contact the local library (Cincinnati) & the ONLY copy they had was
from one of the German papers, & the quality of the copy was so poor that
the library dropped the copy fees ;-( That was when I thought to call the
cemetery- for me their info was like hitting the jackpot!!!
I noticed that you seem to be interested in the Wisconsin Slovak Historical
Society- are you from WI?
Susan in Wisconsin
From: rpmrazik [mailto:rpmrazik@...
Sent: Friday, January 26, 2001 7:57 AM
Subject: Re: [S-R] funeral homes
If drowned, it could have very well been in the local newspaper, as well!
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From: "badgerz1" <badgerz1@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2001 10:13 AM
Subject: RE: [S-R] funeral homes
I have had some success contacting funeral homes for info. You might also
contact the cemetery. My great-great grandfather died in December, in Ohio
in 1880 according to his death certificate the death was due to "drowning".
December seems an odd time for a drowning to occur in Ohio. A distant cousin
had always been told that the death of our ancestor was a suicide, but he
didn't know the circumstances of the death. The death certificate only
provided vague details. When I called the cemetery, they checked their
records for me, while I was on the phone. The cemetery was the only place to
list the death as a "suicide, by drowning in a cistern" (they even had the
address where the cistern was located!). This had been a family mystery for
over 100 years, and the cemetery was where I found the missing info.
Good luck in your search!
Susan in Wisconsin
From: J. Michutka [mailto:jmm@...]
Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2001 8:23 AM
Subject: [S-R] funeral homes
I have a more general genealogy question: one of my Slovak immigrant
relatives died in the Seattle area in 1976. I have a copy of his death
certificate, and I'd really like to find an obit (if one was published).
>From the information I have, it's not clear which town in the Seattle area
he lived in (to choose a newspaper to search for an obit); however, the
death certificate does note the funeral home that took care of him.
My question is, what kind of records would the funeral home have that they
would share--since the funeral home (in my experience) sends out the obit
to the paper(s), would they have a copy of the obit on file? (Yes, I know
I could just call them and ask, but I'm afraid of committing a major faux
pas by asking for something that might be considered confidential--although
an obit is hardly confidential....; but I figure their records are business
records, not public records...)
I'm hoping to find out whether this guy had children/grandchildren; his
younger brother remained in Slovakia, and I met his widow there this
summer; the family has no idea what became of the emigrant older bro, and
I've been trying to find out.
Thanks for any help!