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Why can’t I find my grandfather in the Social Security Death Index?

November 16th, 2011 7 comments

Hi, I have many details about my grandfather but I can’t find him in any sort of records at all. His name was Charles Michael "Skippy" Hopper Jr. He was born on April 26, 1951 Bronx, NYC and he died on June 20, 1980 in New York. He was in the U.S. Army after Vietnam and trained at Fort Dix. He was stationed in Germany in the mid 1970s’. His younger siblings were Robert Hopper and Marion Hopper (Dovico). I have records on both of his parents, Charles Hopper 1925-1987 and Marion Cerone (Serone or Ceroni) 1928- He married my grandmother Linda Fuchs on July 4, 1970. My mom (their only child) was later adopted and she never knew her dad. He was also an award winning runner. He committed suicide on June 20th 1980. I can’t find any thing on him. Can someone please help?

The SSDI can be incomplete. In general people are always in it if they received a SS benefit. Since your grandfather was young he may not have every received a benefit and his death cert may not have been forwarded and attached properly. If his wife didn’t claim a death benefit I wouldn’t automatically expect him to be in it. If no benefit was ever collected they may or may not be in it. Also, it’s an index compiled by private companies based on information they receive from the SS office and not compiled by the SS office, so there’s room for human error in transcribing the data.

If you know where he died, ordering his death certificate from the jurisdiction is your surest way to get the information you want. It will be in both a state and county agency, usually with vital statistics, health, or registrar in the name. The cert will cost around $12-25.

Add: New York state doesn’t keep certs for the 5 burroughs, so if he died in the Bronx go here:

Can’t find anything except for her children’s death records? Help?

November 9th, 2011 1 comment

Her name is Lillian Tyler, born June 15 1918 in Kings, New York. She married Albert Pacini. Had some kids, two of them died. Only records I found of her were in 1920 when she lived with a huge family (unable to find out which Tyler was her parent after extensive researching…no birth record). No residence record after the 1920 NY record. And the only other two that I found were with her and her husband’s name on it for a death certificate of her two kids in a 5 year period. My aunt Carol (lillian and albert’s daughter) said she left her sibling in 1945 because of her depression from losing two kids. I have been searching everywhere (especially…very helpful) but can not seem to find anything else on her. Why isn’t she documented? Why can’t I find a birth certificate, a marriage certificate, a residence after 1920, anything? I really want to be able to help my aunt find out who her mom was and if she is still alive or not or where she died. If anyone can give me some advice or help me out or explain to me why she seems to disappear after 1920, it would be greatly appreciated. She is such a mystery to everyone in my aunts family and we all want to find out what happened or a little bit more about her. I thought everyone had to participate in the census? Why can’t I find anything else on her?
Thank you for answering! I really need some help.

There’s lots of reasons why you may not find someone in an online resource ranging from they don’t have the helpful record, the name is indexed so poorly it’s not searchable, they moved and you’re looking in the wrong location, the information on the record is wrong, or there’s some fact you don’t know (i.e. she remarried or somehow got listed under a stepfather’s name). It’s likely she is documented, you just can’t find the documents so far. There are some cases where a person is undocumented. Sometimes by choice, sometimes by the cruelties of life (i.e. died a Jane Doe), and often because the documents have been destroyed (i.e. courthouse fires).

You may find it helpful to go ahead and order a birth (& maybe marriage) record direct from the appropriate agency:

I wouldn’t try to order a death record until you can be certain she has died and what name she may have died with (i.e. remarried). Find A Grave may be helpful. There seems to be a couple possibilities with a maiden name Tyler born in 1918. For this site, spelling counts so try multiple variations.

in New York, whats the best place to go to search for immigration records, marriage certs, birth certs, death?

October 25th, 2011 1 comment

and when I go, how much do I need to pay, and should i bring the info I already have on my ancestry?

There is Ellis Island but I think you are better to search Castle Garden first as your ancestors came before Ellis Island opened….although there are other ports that they could have come to besides Castle Gardens……………………………………………….

You need to take some information with you and generally it is free

Why did 5 Israeli’s celebrate in New York on September 11 ..?

September 29th, 2011 5 comments

"The New York Times reported Thursday that a group of five men had set up video cameras aimed at the Twin Towers prior to the attack on Tuesday, and were seen congratulating one another afterwards."

"Police received several calls from angry New Jersey residents claiming "middle-eastern" men with a white van were videotaping the disaster with shouts of joy and mockery."

"They were like happy, you know … They didn’t look shocked to me" said a witness."

"When a van fitting that exact description was stopped just before crossing into New York, the suspicious "middle-easterners" were apprehended. Imagine the surprise of the police officers when these terror suspects turned out to be Israelis!
According to ABC’s 20/20, when the van belonging to the cheering Israelis was stopped by the police, the driver of the van, Sivan Kurzberg, told the officers:"

"We are Israelis. We are not your problem. Your problems are our problems. The Palestinians are your problem."

"The police and FBI field agents became very suspicious when they found maps of the city with certain places highlighted, box cutters (the same items that the hijackers supposedly used), $4700 cash stuffed in a sock, and foreign passports. Police also told the Bergen Record that bomb sniffing dogs were brought to the van and that they reacted as if they had smelled explosives."

Why would 5 Israeli’s be pre recording the Twin Towers and celebrate the destruction and deaths of Americans ?

Why would they say that Palestinians are our problems not Israel ..?

All sources are on this website:
If you don’t believe this, simply because it sounds bad. Then you’re ignorant.

If you deny it, source it.
I didn’t use the word Jew once. Nor were these 5 Jewish.


This story was refuted on Snopes long ago. No surprise that you tried to pin it on Jews, though, as they seem to really anger you. In the original lie, they were Arabs.

Is it free to research records at the New York Archives?

September 9th, 2011 4 comments

Can I just walk into the New York Archives and look through records (census, birth, death, marriage) of my ancestors? I wanna see these records in person instead of online on And possibly find ones that aren’t on the site.
What exactly is microfilm?

I can tell you that you can go into the records centers in the UK and view the records for free, you have to get a CAIN card, which you get there on filling out a form proving ID and that then allows you to use the card to go in any UK archives or records center..the card is free and is normally valid for at least 5 years, they also do day cards for visiting genealogists………..I would suspect that in the US you will have a similar system, if you go onto their website and look for visiting information it should tell you on there.

Records are filmed ad put onto film or microfiche and that is what you look at.
Film is a roll of film containing the pages of the records, which you put into the film reader to view and can stop and take a photocopy of the record you want or transcribe the information.

Microfiche or fiche is the same, but looks like an index card and like a photograph negative, which you put into a fiche reader and can then view the records.

In the UK if you wish to view the real records you would write out a card, give it to the archivist and they will go and get them, you go into another room, wearing white cotton gloves which are provided you can then view the real records…..which are very useful as you can often see more information on the real records that doesn’t show on the film/fiche especially if they are poor copies and many are

On ancestry and any other website if they show images it is from the film/fiche although many are just transcriptions or collections and you are right to go and view records yourself as you will find far more there than online, not everything is online, it never will be and you have to check everything you do find online back to records anyway to prove they are correct or like may who have only ever done online searching they have no idea what is really available or if hey even have their ancestors. this website will help with records you already have at home ( page 20) and there is some good advice…read FAQ, documents, etc also has a good link page

Why was there such little flooding in New York City during the all time record rain the other day?

August 26th, 2011 2 comments

Normally, when you set an all-time record daily rainfall for any given city, massive flooding occures. Offically, about 8 inches of rain fell on Aug. 14th. However, I am looking online, and there are very little news stories on the houses flooded with feet of water, or deaths, which are normally assoicated with this type of rain. If you look at the all-time record rainfall for most cities in the U.S., it does not even approch 7 inches for the day. Wash DC, Philly, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Detroit, along with many more cities have never seen 7 inches of rain in one day. In fact, Central Park has just seen 3 days in the last 141 years with rainfall over 7 inches for a day.

I live in Philly and the reason I can think of is because the rain normally moves and doesn’t stay in one spot yet in south Jersey they had 10" of rain fall because of the rain training over the same area

just think if all this rain came during the colder months we would be in a blizzard

New York City Public Libraries?

July 6th, 2011 3 comments

I was wondering where the MAIN new york public library is in Manhattan. I was told that at the main branch, they would have birth/death records in the genealogy section of deceased ancestors
ill take the 7 train cuz i grew up using that train…im not even 20 and i remember when the 7 train was red before they changed it to silver lol

Main Branch of New York Public Library is located at 5th Av & 42nd St which is called Stephen A. Schwarzman Building which is next door to Bryant Park.and 5th-6th Av/42nd St Subway Stations.

Do you agree with this provocative article claiming America’s new racists are black people?

July 1st, 2011 12 comments

The late South African economist William Hutt, in his 1964 book, The Economics of the Colour Bar, said that one of the supreme tragedies of the human condition is that those who have been the victims of injustices and oppression "can often be observed to be inflicting not dissimilar injustices upon other races."

Born in 1936, I’ve lived through some of our openly racist history, which has included racist insults, beatings and lynchings. Tuskegee Institute records show that between the years 1880 and 1951, 3,437 blacks and 1,293 whites were lynched. I recall my cousin’s and my being chased out of Fishtown and Grays Ferry, two predominantly Irish Philadelphia neighborhoods, in the 1940s, not stopping until we reached a predominantly black North or South Philly neighborhood.

Today all that has changed. Most racist assaults are committed by blacks. What’s worse is there’re blacks, still alive, who lived through the times of lynching, Jim Crow laws and open racism who remain silent in the face of it.

Last year, four black Skidmore College students yelled racial slurs while they beat up a white man because he was dining with a black man. Skidmore College’s first response was to offer counseling to one of the black students charged with the crime. In 2009, a black Columbia University professor assaulted a white woman during a heated argument about race relations. According to interviews and court records obtained and reported by Denver’s ABC affiliate (12/4/2009), black gangs roamed downtown Denver verbally venting their hatred for white victims before assaulting and robbing them during a four-month crime wave. Earlier this year, two black girls beat a white girl at a McDonald’s, and the victim suffered a seizure. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ordered an emergency shutdown of the beaches in Chicago because mobs of blacks were terrorizing families. According to the NBC affiliate there (6/8/2011), a gang of black teens stormed a city bus, attacked white victims and ran off with their belongings.

Racist black attacks are not only against whites but also against Asians. In San Francisco, five blacks beat an 83-year-old Chinese man to death. They threw a 57-year-old woman off a train platform. Two black Oakland teenagers assaulted a 59-year-old Chinese man; the punching knocked him to the ground, killing him. At Philly’s South Philadelphia High School, Asian students report that black students routinely pelt them with food and beat, punch and kick them in school hallways and bathrooms as they hurl racial epithets such as "Hey, Chinese!" and "Yo, Dragon Ball!" The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund charged the School District of Philadelphia with "deliberate indifference" toward black victimization of Asian students.

In many of these brutal attacks, the news media make no mention of the race of the perpetrators. If it were white racist gangs randomly attacking blacks, the mainstream media would have no hesitation reporting the race of the perps. Editors for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune admitted to deliberately censoring information about black crime for political reasons. Chicago Tribune Editor Gerould Kern recently said that the paper’s reason for censorship was to "guard against subjecting an entire group of people to suspicion."

These racist attacks can, at least in part, be attributed to the black elite, who have a vested interest in racial paranoia. And that includes a president who has spent years aligned with people who have promoted racial grievance and polarization and appointed an attorney general who’s accused us of being "a nation of cowards" on matters of race and has refused to prosecute black thugs who gathered at a Philadelphia voting site in blatant violation of federal voter intimidation laws. Tragically, black youngsters – who are seething with resentments, refusing to accept educational and other opportunities unknown to blacks yesteryear – will turn out to be the larger victims in the long run.

Black silence in the face of black racism has to be one of the biggest betrayals of the civil rights struggle that included black and white Americans.

The article was written by an African-American who lived through the civil rights era. Thoughts?

Every ethnicity has it’s racists.

How to get death records from the 1950’s – 1980’s?

June 16th, 2011 2 comments

How would I go about ordering a death certificate from then? All of them died in New York if that helps you answer my question…

This web site has info about ordering New York State death certificates:

For NYC death certificares:

Anyone kind enough to search something for me on

April 28th, 2011 1 comment

Could anyone with an account please help me with my family search? There are 3 people that have records that I need to see to make sure it’s them and to learn more about where my family came from, it would be greatly appreciated!
The first one is 1930 United States Federal Census Record for Stana Radoman, and it says the residence is in St. Louis, Minnesota.
The second person is Milo Radoman. There are 2 records for him-New York Passenger Lists 1820-1957, and Minnesota Death Index 1908-2002.
The last person is Andrija (Andria) Radoman. There’s 1 record for him. 1910 United States Federal Census Record.

Any information would be greatly appreciated, this will help me so much with my search!
Thank you! 🙂

1930 United States Federal Census about Stana Radoman
Name: Stana Radoman
Home in 1930: Stuntz, St Louis, Minnesota
Age: 40
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1890
Birthplace: Yugoslavia
Relation to Head of House: Head
Race: White

Household Members: Name Age
Stana Radoman 40
Rade Raskovich 42

Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002
about Milo Radoman
Name: Milo Radoman
Death Date: 26 May 1917
Death County: Saint Louis
State File Number: 012166
Certificate Number: 012166
Certificate Year: 1917
Record Number: 218933

New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
about Milo Radoman
Name: Milo Radoman
Arrival Date: 15 Jul 1907
Birth Year: abt 1867
Birth Location Other: linbotigne
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Ethnicity/Race­/Nationality: Montenegrin
Port of Departure: Havre
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: La Bretagne

1910 United States Federal Census
about Andria Radoman
Name: Andria Radoman
Age in 1910: 40
Estimated Birth Year: 1870
Birthplace: Montenegro
Relation to Head of House: The Head of This Camp Lives Else Where (Head) [looks like this may be a logging camp??]
Father’s Birth Place: Montenegro
Mother’s Birth Place: Montenegro
Home in 1910: South Bay, Thurston, Washington
Race: White
Gender: Male
Year of immigration: 1907
Andria Radoman 40