I see you've posted very few messages on GenForum, I don't know if you've posted more on Rootweb message boards (I'd suggest that because of more readers).
You wrote you have a family tree posted, I couldn't find yours. When you post, post the link at the profile of the person you seek (in this case Barbara's).
You also identified in another posting a "possible" father of the girls, a "Robert Caples." But, there is no further information on him, or why a potential connection. I find 698 family trees containing that name, many others in the census, etc. In this other posting:
you identified Barbara as having died on "5/15/1998." California records show she died on 5/15/1988.
For this search, there are three ways to research:
1. Identify everything in the family records that may have clues, this includes contact (interviews) with family members that might have records or stories; and any documentary type records, photographs, address books, etc. A cousin might have sent Mallory or Linda a graduation present, marriage present, present to a child, have the child in their address book, etc. Since Barbara had two sisters, there should be other cousins?
2. Documentary evidence in California. This includes obituaries of course, but also public records, newspapers, property records (deeds)/certificates of death (County Auditor/Recorder), divorce records (court records), Voter records, etc.
---I did find some records that you should obtain.
3. Posting, as you did. You should also post on Rootsweb. BUT, post all the information you have. Any other locations where Barbara may have lived, any information leading to the approximate ages of the girls, DOB's, year of high school graduation, year someone visited. Information that you have on this "Caples"
Theodore Harold Joseph, born 29 April 1875 in Manhattan, NY, NY; died Jan 31, 1951 in Santa Barbara.
Sylvia Florance, born 24 Jan 1874 in NY, NY, died 2 Nov 1937 in NY, NY
Barbara Joseph, born 26 Sep 1913, died May 15, 1988 in Santa Barbara.
--Family tree data:
The 1920 Census of Hempstead, Nassau Co, NY. does confirm the Barbara, Theodore and Sylvia Florance connections as identified.
The California Death Index:
--Theodore Harold Joseph, born 29 April 1875 in New York, mother's maiden name: Hart, died 31 Jan 1951 in Santa Barbara County
--Barbara Joseph, born 26 Sep 1913 in New York, died 15 May 1988 in Alameda County, mother's maiden name: "Florance." Her SSN, #089-24-7034 was issued in New York.
---Interesting, a death of a Barbara Ann Joseph on 3 Jan 1991, born 23 June 1958 in Alameda Co, California, mother's maiden name was also Joseph, father: Darnell. This child does not appear in the CA birth index.
The Alameda County Clerk has recorded documents in the name of a Barbara Joseph. While the Affidavit of Death indicates a potential match, this person could be circumstantial :
--8/31/1988 is an Affidavit of Death, for Barbara Joseph, the Barbara Joseph Trust. This affidavit was "possibly" filed by a daughter, or someone wishing to identify her death in order to claim property rights from the trust. This document would be of value for potentially identifying family members and items within the trust.
--10/02/1984, release of lien by a home owners association of Felton Jr., and Barbara Joseph. (This appears to be a Felton Joseph, born about 1941 and Barbara Williams, born about 1943. This Felton appears to be the son of a Felton Joseph born about 1900).
--03/03/1975, Deed from Barbara Joseph, appears to be transferring a deed of property from her name into her trust, this trust would identify those persons having access to the trust (children).
This clerk would have access to these recorded documents and access to death certificates (I wouldn't suggest ordering, as it probably doesn't have much value to you, but "could" have a daughter being listed as "Informant.").
I checked the Alameda County Superior Court for information on any Probate case involving her. But, their cases only are from recent past. And, if she had a trust, there probably wouldn't be a probate case.
As far as an obituary. I don't see any reason why there wouldn't be. She did have property in the area, it appears someone did file death document in her name. But, there are many reasons why there would not have been, her health, her connection to the community other than her family, her own wishes, the wishes of her heirs (financially, etc). BUT, there should be a death notice in the paper. Information about her address location would help identify the closest newspaper.
As far as being married... Just because she had two daughters does not prove she had been married... As far as the daughters being alive, there is no proof of that either. They may have died before her, in another State. Just because she died as being a "Joseph," does not mean she didn't get married. Courts, within the provisions of Declaration of Dissolution (of marriage) have approved the wife returning to the maiden name. Or, she could have married a "Joseph." That was all shotgun speculation, by the great speculator.
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