I am trying to trace my two uncles, James Joseph Flynn Jr. and Edward Flynn. They are both deceased. James Jr. died in WW II and Edward died at St Joseph's Orphanage in 1939 of kidney failure (we believe) Edward was a triplet (my Mother being one of them) and James was their older brother by 3 years. Their Mother died soon after giving birth to the triplets and they were put into separate orphanages. James in St John, Edward in St Joseph, my Mother in St Vincent's. The triplet sister (Katherine) died shortly after birth
I can't find any birth records for any of them or death records for my Grandmother (Mary Finnegan Flynn), Katherine Flynn (who I believe died in a hospital, but don't know which one) and Edward Flynn. We have notification from the US Government that James Jr was lost at sea, but can not find a birth record for him.
I just don't know where to turn to try and find information about them.
I was told that most of the Orphanages destroyed records if the child was not adopted. No one was.
Can you tell me where to search? We don't even know where any of them are buried.
We lost our Mother recently and have been trying to put together the pieces of stories she told us growing up.
Thank you so much for any assistance you can give me