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Re: Mary Straney Clark
Posted by: Kathryn Hagel (ID *****2953) Date: August 30, 2011 at 01:00:27
In Reply to: Mary Straney Clark by Joanna Hamilton of 1134

I looked up the Clarks on the Social Security Death Index on Rootsweb. It's free online. Your grandmother is probably too old for it, but Hugh and Andrew are ages you would expect to find on it. Since I only have their first names and death year, I just got the list of people with that name who died in that year. It does not include people who used a middle initial on the Social Security Card. They are listed separately. This is an ok way to start. Here is Hugh.
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Name       
       Birth       
       Death       
       Age       
       Last Address of Record       
       Last Benefit       
       Issued By       
       SSN       
       Tools       Order
Record?
CLARK, HUGH       28 Aug 1890       Jul 1962       71       (Pennsylvania)       (none specified)       Pennsylvania       200-16-5527       


CLARK, HUGH       27 Sep 1888       Oct 1962       74       (Kentucky)       (none specified)       Kentucky       402-20-6863       


CLARK, HUGH L       11 Jun 1881       01 Nov 1962 (V)       81       (PE)       (none specified)       Kentucky       407-05-7123       


CLARK, HUGH       29 Jul 1890       Dec 1962       72       (Alabama)       (none specified)       Alabama       416-03-1226       


CLARK, HUGH       21 Mar 1878       Oct 1962       84       (Texas)       (none specified)       Texas       459-20-3198       
Social Security Death Index on Rootsweb

Here is Andrew.
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Name       
       Birth       
       Death       
       Age       
       Last Address of Record       
       Last Benefit       
       Issued By       
       SSN       
       Tools       Order
Record?
CLARK, ANDREW       25 Dec 1887       Jan 1967       79       16146 (Sharon, Mercer, PA)
(none specified)       Pennsylvania       172-16-3430       


CLARK, ANDREW       15 Aug 1911       Jan 1967       55       (not specified)       (none specified)       Pennsylvania       182-07-6053       


CLARK, ANDREW       03 Dec 1892       Aug 1967       74       18444 (Moscow, Lackawanna, PA)
(none specified)       Pennsylvania       200-16-5528       


CLARK, ANDREW       23 May 1903       Jan 1967       63       29178 (Whitmire, Newberry, SC)
(none specified)       South Carolina       249-28-6608       


CLARK, ANDREW       12 Mar 1888       Mar 1967       78-79       30139 (Fairmount, Gordon, GA)
(none specified)       Georgia       257-18-8629       


CLARK, ANDREW       28 Jul 1920       Jan 1967       46       (not specified)       (none specified)       Ohio       282-09-0877       


CLARK, ANDREW       10 Feb 1885       Feb 1967       81-82       92651 (Laguna Beach, Orange, CA)
(none specified)       Illinois       324-07-6310       


CLARK, ANDREW       23 Jul 1893       Aug 1967       74       90603 (Whittier, Los Angeles, CA)
(none specified)       California       555-09-9737       

Social Security Death Index on Rootsweb

If either your Hugh or your Andrew are on these lists, you have their birthdate, death month and year, where they died, what state issued their Social Security card, and their Social Security number. You can use that to request their social security application form or their full work record. The application form has their parents' information and a lot of other helpful records.

Here is the website for Rootsweb's SSDI
http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

You can use the site if you need to search for people with middle initials.

Another great free site is the Pennsylvania GenWeb site. You might be able to find Mary Clark there. Look under Cemeteries. Durig the depression a lot of grave yards were in serious disrepair and the stones were becoming unreadable. Each state could employ groups of people under the WPA to transcribe gravestones and fix cemeteries. Usually you can get the list on the state GenWeb site.

There are also sites like Find a Grave. You can also look to see if there is an online death index for Pennsylvania, probably from the state health department.

http://www.deathindexes.com/pennsylvania/index.html Here is a site with Pennsylvania death records

I've had excellent luck getting death records. They have a lot of good information. I'm usually having to pay $10 for a non-official copy. They list the address, the cause of death, contributing causes, the doctor's name, the family member who reported the death, the decedent's mother's maiden name and father's name, the name of the funeral home and the place of burial. If you can afford the fee, it is good to get them. You usually contact the state's department of health, vital statistics or vital records section. Here is the website. http://www.portal.health.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/birth_and_death_certificates/11596

Catholic Cemeteries keep records of who is interred there. It's at the local cemetery office. But the parishes don't record funerals and death information. The diocese should have an Office of Cemeteries who have the overall supervision of cemeteries. Here is the website for the Diocese of Scranton. http://www.dioceseofscranton.org/about/diocesan-directory/officialsdiocesan-offices/ Click on Diocesan Directory at the top of the page, then click on Officials/ Diocesan Offices, and scroll down quite a ways to the Office of Cemeteries. They have an email address. If I find more on your mother, I'll post again. Be sure to post again if you have questions or run into difficulties.
Sincerely,
Kate


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