You are welcome and good luck to you.
I forgot to metion that also check on "Mortuaries"
You see, I did not know my father or his family, he died when I was three months old. My mother left the country and never would tell me where they were nor anything more than "your father had two sisters" "I met your father in Arizona". However one of her brothers had preserved my father's emloyment record with the State of Arizona which had his social security number. I contacted the American Social Security Office and requested a copy of his initial application. With that I had his father's full correct name. Then I went to the 1920 and 1930 Census records. That led me to find my father, his sisters and his mother's name!
My next step was check Ohio where they resided then, Arizona where he had applied for work and New Mexico just because it was a nearby State.
I began my search in New Mexico feeling it was less populated than Ohio and my search would be easier.
In New Mexico, I started my search of Mortuaries, and Funeral Directors. I found my grandmother buried there! So I located in the Yellow pages the mortuaries. Called two or three and on the last one I had a hit.
The Funeral Director's office were very helpful and courteous. When I asked how much and when could they send me copies of funeral and burial arrangements and what the cost would be. They declined payment and within four days I had not only my grandmother's information but her two daughter's My father's sisters, whom I did not have their married names. One of the reasons why for the past 50 years or so I could not locate them!
The documents I received included the survivors, attendies at the funeral, church services and even descendants!
With that, I checked the names of my father's sisters' children(my grandmother's grandchildren of which some were pallbearers) I then again went to the "infoseek.com" site or I think its "go.com" for the white pages. And located my first cousins whom I had no idea existed!
Within a month I was in New Mexico meeting my cousins! and not only learning about my father's life but also getting all kinds of photos and great information. My cousins were fabulous and exclaimed they too had been looking for me since my father died!
We had a wonderful reuinion and now keep in touch with them.
I feel that by searching Mortuaries and Funeral Directors and Funeral homes I shortened my search by at least another 20 years!
I will caution you. Not all Funeral Directors, Secretaries etc. are as helpful. Some can be just plain mean! but with patience, courtesy and firmness, one can get a lot more from them.
One funeral director's assistant at first decline to provide me with the documents. I begged, I noted I was not just a relative, but the daughter and grand-daughter of the people I was searching for. The secretary or Funeral director dealing with me, plainly told me "its nobody's business" "and that information is private and priviledged only to be disclosed to the funeral and government offices". In particular the funeral director in Ohio! Not until I quoted the law of "United States Freedom of Information Act" (UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT OF 1996 SECTION 552 TITLE 5.
(a) FINDINGS- The Congress finds that--
(1) the purpose of section 552 of title 5, United States Code, popularly known as the Freedom of Information Act, is to require agencies of the Federal Government to make certain agency information available for public inspection and copying and to establish and enable enforcement of the right of any person to obtain access to the records of such agencies, subject to statutory exemptions, for any public or private purpose;)
Once I quoted the law, then the funeral director agreed to send me the documents. However what I was sent by this particular office in Ohio was not as extensive and detailed as what I got from the Funeral Directors in other States such as New Mexico.
But, it what ever little information they sent me, it served me, by clarifying certain information and doubts I had about some of the ancestors.
Again, Good Luck to you all in your search.