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Posted by: Karen Sherman (ID *****5024) Date: January 14, 2005 at 07:12:40
In Reply to: Re: WILLIAM THOMAS PORTER, b. 1848, Mo. by Liz Kilgore of 65481

You're lucky to be able to find so much information on your McKays. I have a set from Pennsylvania that have been incredibly hard to track. I think they hid from all the census takers and really don't want to be found.

I'm sorry I couldn't be more helpful -- I didn't mean to duplicate all your work. Have you checked probate records in the county where he died, too? If the family had any property or money, a will could be filed that could mention other relatives even if the official death certificate can't be found (or never existed).

Their marriage license could also contain more information about their parents (not always, but could).

The last resort is to see if any of William's other descendants know any more. There may be a family bible somewhere, or letters of some kind that were saved. If they exist, they may be difficult to track down after all this time.

Good luck!!

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