Re:Proving or disproving death at child birth
- Since you are going back to 1794, your best chance is church records.
If that cemetery is related to a specific church, you should start with
that one, seeking both the burial record of that woman and baptism
records for that period (and as much as a year or two later for the
baptism). If the cemetery is not church-related or if no records for
this name are found at the related church, you would then have to learn
what churches existed in or near that town and seek their records.
It sounds like you are thinking that your ancestor was born to this
sister-in-law and adopted/ raised by relatives when she died? If so,
there might also be guardianship records for that town.
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- Hi Ron! Yes, this is a dilemna! Most states didn't require paperwork on vital records until about a century later ... but some states have kept records in one form or another, and churchs also are a great source for the 18th century.
Here's the link for the Vermont State Archives, they might have volunteers to do some look-ups for you ...
Also, you should check out their church, if you know it ... Google the town, see what churches are in the area, see if one of them knows which churches were around back then.
Also, here is the Vermont site at USGenWeb ... search thru their files for links, etc ...
If I think of any more I'll let you know!
Keep us updated, OK? Some of us might also have your same problem, but haven't tackled it yet!
--- In email@example.com, "RON FASSETT" <RFASSETT@...> wrote:
> Hi group, I am brand new here and have been searching and researching my family for about a year and a half. Unfortunately (or fortunately as it were) I have a day job and can not devote the time to this that I would like.
> Anyway, my dilemna. I am trying to link my 3rd great grandfather to the next generation back. There has been extensive research done on the family and I have tried to fit my guy into the puzzle every which way, but I keep disproving the theories in the end. I feel pretty confident that he did not just get "beemed down" but when I get a family identified, the dates do not match up. When I get the dates matched up, the family or location does not match. Taking a shot in the dark, I found a grave (thanks to findagrave.com) in the same town and the same year that my guy was born, for a lady with the same last name who had already given birth to four other children over the years, who was a sister-in-law to whom my warmest path is leading. My question, how does one go about proving or disproving death at child birth for a birth and death that took place in Vermont in 1794?
> And since I am new, please accept my apologies if this issue has been discussed in the past and point me in the general direction. Thanks for any guidance you can offer.