2nd Great-grandmother's obit search
My GGGrandmother Hannora (Nora) was born in Ireland. According to the 1900
Census, she was living in [Joplin] Jasper County, Missouri. The census stated
she came to America in 1855 and that her father was born in Scotland and her
mother was born in Ireland. She married Daniel Flanery on 2 June 1856, in
Painesville, Lake County, Ohio.
They migrated to Racine, Wisconsin where they
had their children. Their first child Margaret was born 16 Mar 1857, in
Painesville, Ohio. In the 1860 Census they were living in Burlington Township
Racine, Wisconsin. Living with them was a Mary Holland born in Ireland and a
son. James Holland born Ohio. Hannora died 19 Feb 1903 in Prosperity Township,
Jasper County, Missouri. She was a Catholic. Every one of her children's death
certificates shows her with a different maiden name.
Death certificates were not issued at the time
of her death. How do I get an obituary on her, or some kind of death
certificate? I'm 56 years old and I have been working on this, line since I was
13 years old. Can you give me some kind of advise or a miracle?
Sometimes family records are all that has survived for an ancestor, particularly
when documents either weren't kept or didn't survive from the time period.
However, there are a number of alternate sources to review. I checked the 11th
edition of THE HANDYBOOK FOR GENEALOGISTS, sent to me by the editor Holly Hansen
"JASPER COUNTY, MISSOURI was created 29 Jan
1841 from Newton County. Offices are located at: 302 S Main Street, Carthage,
MO 64836-1696; phone 417-358-0441, The courthouse was destroyed in 1863 but
the records had been moved and were returned in 1865. Courthouse burned in
1883, no mention of fate of records. The County Clerk has birth records
1883-1900, death records 1883-1891; Recorder of Deeds has marriage and land
records, Probate Judge has probate and court records."
"County Clerks were required to register
births and deaths from 1883 to 1893. [...] State registration began in 1863,
but did not reach full compliance until 1911. The records after 1910 can be
obtained from the Bureau of Vital Records."
This means the official death certificate for your
ancestress was probably never created.
HERE ARE A FEW IDEAS FOR EVIDENCE ABOUT YOUR 2nd
great-grandmother's death, some of which ol' Myrt has searched for you:
PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWSPAPER HOLDINGS I believe the nearest large
library is the Joplin Public Library
http://www.joplinpubliclibrary.org/index.html Ask for a volunteer or paid
researcher who can look at the old issues perhaps on microfilm for Nora's
notice and her obituary.
JASPER COUNTY COURT RECORDS Did her estate go through probate? It
may have even if she didn't have a will. You never know until you look. The
FHL (Family History Library) Catalog has microfilm records of all types. See:
place, type in Jasper as part of Missouri and work through the listings to
determine which microfilms you'd like to order through your local Family
History Center. If you don't know about the local center, check for a listing
on the home page at FamilySearch.org.
for JASPER COUNTY, MISSOURI
Jasper County, Missouri Deaths 1878-1905 A search for "Flannery"
and "Flanery" in Ancestry.com's only showed 1 man: Thomas (Charles Rambo)
Flannery, died 26 Dec 1906.
Missouri State Pre-1910 online database A search for Flannery" and
"Flanery" at the didn't show a likely match.
search of Jasper County cemeteries returned no matches:
- Cave Springs Cemetery
- Fairview Cemetery
- Forest Park Cemetery
- Mitchell Cemetery
- Mount Hope Cemetery
- Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery
- Twin Grove Cemetery
- Webb City Cemetery
- A search of online obituaries for Missouri for
"Flannery" and "Flanery" proved fruitless.
ROOTSWEB MAILING LISTS
CIVIL WAR PENSION FILE. Soldiers must list the full name and birth
date of wife and children. This would help with her maiden name. This would be
found at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Be sure to specify the
complete file. A preliminary search for Daniel Flanery at the US Civil War
Soldiers and Sailors database
http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ returned the following hits for Union
soldiers. (Remember one did not have to "muster in" for the state of
residence. Sometimes bounties offered by a neighboring state encouraged
- Flanery, Daniel, Union, 12th Regiment,
- Flanery, Daniel, Union, 16th Regiment,
- Flanery, Daniel, Union, 6th Regiment, Illinois
- Flanery, Daniel, Union, 80th Regiment,
- Flannery, Daniel, Union 29th Regiment,
- Flannery, Daniel, Union, 80th Regiment,
I'd check out the Michigan entry first.
CATHOLIC CHURCH RECORDS - Locate the nearby Catholic church office
and explain you need death notice or burial information on a former member of
the parish. See:
Happy family tree climbing!