Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Two Happy Dances for Tuesday

I had a pretty exciting day today, genealogy-wise. A couple of weeks ago I emailed a volunteer over at Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness for a look-up of a death date in the NYS vital records index for my great-grandmother. This woman has been my brick wall for *years*, so I didn't have an exact date of death. The best guess I could give the volunteer was "sometime between 1938 and 1944", which I know is horribly vague. I said I'd completely understand if she couldn't do the look-up. She said it wouldn't be a problem. Apparently it wasn't - today she emailed me with the date of death! Genealogy Happy Dance commenced.

At this point I immediately emailed the town clerk where the death occurred to request a genealogical copy of the death certificate. The town clerk responded in FIVE MINUTES. And it was after office hours! She said the record was on file and gave me the address where to send the check. I may just have that death certificate in my hands by the end of the week! Genealogy Happy Dance part two!

Now, if this isn't the right person? I am going to be absolutely crushed. It's not a very common name, and the place of death and age sound right, but I've been tricked before! (Part of the reason she's still my brick wall!) If this IS the right person, I am going to be so thrilled and probably will not stop dancing for at least one week. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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