Search for content in message boards

Finding parents' names before listed on DCs

Replies: 9

Re: Finding parents' names before listed on DCs

Posted: 8 Feb 2013 2:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
It is frustrating beyond words that Brooklyn did not put parents' names on death certs until after it became part of greater NYC in 1898. Even then it took awhile because they thriftily used up the old forms, as I have found to my disappointment.

But it can sometimes be done with a lot of time and patience. Tho a death/funeral newspaper notice might not have the info, sometimes there is a separate obituary, a small article. It takes reading thru the whole paper a few days before and a week after the death date. Yes, I have found incorrect death dates on death certs.

The other major tip is to research every relative you can find. This has done it for me a number of times. Look at censuses for neighbors who might be relatives. Build up Ancestry pages on every member of the family. I found the origin of one gg grandmother thru a listing in a tiny surrogate's court legal ad.

I'm sure you know the Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn's main newspaper, is free online thru 1902. Many later issues are available free thru

But I too still have several Brookly gg grandparents who are total mysteries re their parents' names or origins. Always glad to hear other suggestions.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
jfclark819 3 Feb 2013 1:36PM GMT 
wkirnan88 8 Feb 2013 1:35AM GMT 
jfclark819 8 Feb 2013 1:56AM GMT 
wkirnan88 11 Feb 2013 4:27PM GMT 
jfclark819 11 Feb 2013 10:17PM GMT 
vlbcfb 12 Feb 2013 3:57AM GMT 
Cyber Kat 8 Feb 2013 2:59PM GMT 
jfclark819 8 Feb 2013 3:16PM GMT 
vlbcfb 8 Feb 2013 9:38PM GMT 
jfclark819 8 Feb 2013 11:08PM GMT 
per page

Find a board about a specific topic