Judith - hello. My GF, Jacob Smith died sometime before the 1910 census. His wife [and my GM] was Mary Josephine Robinson/Taylor/Smith/Skinner. MJ's parents were Joseph Benjamin Robinson and Mary Caroline Fugate.
I'm having a difficult time trying to find when GF Jacob died; only know it was before the census - as MJ is classified as 'wd' - widow. With a houseful of children, I'm sure she was not a widow for long.
Fredericksburg library [downtown] does not have any record of his death in their 'Death Index Book' - they have my cousin, Jake - who died much later - but not GF.
I know - from conversations with my mom - that GF is buried in the family cemetery now called 'Robinson/Smith Family Cemetery'. Previously, it had no name.
Because Virginia did not keep vital records births or deaths from 1896 - abt1914, I cannot find any information on my GF. I'm writing because I hope perhaps you might have some/any information on how to find someone during that timeframe.
I'm currently scanning http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87060165/1910-01-18/ed-1/seq-1/ on line by the Library of Congress. I can't narrow the timeframe and the going is slow. the formatting for the newspaper is - at that time - no format or continuity of layout, so you can find obits in a specific area.
During the year[s] that my GF died, I believe the only funeral home in the area was Wheeler & Thompson. I understand from Mullins Funeral Home [who 'bought' the business'] that many records were damaged/destroyed during the flood of 1942. However, they DO have earlier records that I'd like to access, but being refused on the basis of the 'Freedom of Information Act'. I really don't think that applies to anything more than 50+ years old.....
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