This is my first post here. I'm trying to track down my mother's side of the family for which I have sketchy details at the moment -- my home burned down and all the paper records I had were destroyed.
I'm looking for any and all records people can help me with as I'm essentially starting from scratch again. Birth, death, marriage, military -- anything will be a help!
My mother -- Mildred Louise Oakley, b. 11 Aug 1908 (in St. John's I believe)
d. July 1999 Holyoke, Massachusetts.
She was the youngest of 5 children.
Emigrated to US (New York) in 1937.
Married Bernard Freeman Cann in 1939.
Her father -- Arthur Frederick Oakley b? d prox 1931.
Her mother -- Priscilla Ann Hennebury Daw b? d prox 1913.
brother, Jack (nick?) or formally, John? b? 1900 d 1919?.
brother, Bert (nick?) or formally, Albert? b? d 1990s?.
brother, Harry (nick?)or formally, Harold? b? d 1980s?.
sister, May b? d?.
I know her eldest brother Jack enlisted when he was around 16 to fight in WWI. He returned home about the end of the war, a victim of a "mustard" gassing. He didn't last all that long at home, certainly not more than a year or so I believe, and died in St. John's.
Her brothers Bert and Harry both emigrated to the US, and Bert was married and settled in NY for my mother to live with when she first arrived in the states in 1937.
I think May passed away in Newfoundland, but I'm not certain. She had contracted TB as a nurse in a TB hospital and passed quite young. So I believe it was during the time my mother was still living in St. John's herself.