Posts Tagged ‘Family Members’

Could you sue a business if..?

May 31st, 2011 3 comments

Ohkay so my Family got a storage unit in Pennsylvania because that is where we lived, but my pap was on his death bed in Florida so we moved down there for three years. We paid every payment when we were down there. We moved back to P.A and when to get things out of there but we found out that they tore off a end unit beside ours and failed to patch up our side. The top was completely exposed and the cocking on the bottom was NOT done right. All our things were ruined. All our family videos, picture, sentimental things from family members that are dead, and things that were passed on through family. We have a video of what the unit looked like and all the openings. Well, we stoped paying because we were not going to pay for ruin things. They wanted us to sign that they worn’t responsible for any damage and then we could take it all, we are not stupid so we did not sign. Well, they sold EVERYTHING with out telling us. What would you do and what type of lawyer would you get? No where in the contract did they say that they were going to be negligent, so the contract is out the window I’d believe. It was there job to protect our stuff. Everything was moldy and there were spiders and snake skins and mouse droppings. We paid OVER 13,000$ for that place to take care of our stuff. We tried getting ahold of them before we stoped paying but you have no idea how hard it is to get ahold of someone high up. There has to be SOME type of legal actions to take. We have a video that shows how it was. My Dad recorded it. And the the papers we signed before hand stated they can’t sell anything without telling us, and they didn’t.

Yes, you can sue, and you will most likely win. Go to a competent lawyer, have a restraining order put against them for doing business until they can prove your stuff is no longer on their property. Sue the parent company, the company with whom you did business, and all management individually for breech of contract. They will most likely settle within days. Best of luck.

Maximizing Genealogical Value of Obituaries

April 13th, 2011 No comments

Obituaries offer a wealth of information about your family. They have important facts about the deceased and important dates that you can use to piece together clues about the history of your family. Here’s how you can find details to research from obituaries.

We all think differently and we all have different ways of processing information, which makes genealogy and ancestry research very confusing. Different historians and different family members keep records in different ways so sometimes finding the facts you need to piece together a family history are elusive.

There are thousands of databases out there claiming to have the answers, but in reality if you are disorganized, those databases are only going to make the confusion worse. And to top it off repetition in names, facts and even certain dates can cause further confusion. To clear up the confusion, here is the basic guideline of what to look for in an obituary and how to keep it all organized.

Searching for Clues in Obituaries

An obituary is the final record of a person’s life, information is included that can lead you to some amazing discoveries about your family. When you look at an obituary it is important that you pinpoint those bits of information and make a note of them. First read the obituary through once or twice just to get an idea of the information included. Then underline the important pieces of information. Read it over again to make sure you underlined everything of importance. Here are the things you will want to look for in an obituary:

  • The deceased’s full name
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Date of death
  • Place or City of Residence
  • Occupation
  • Military Service
  • Church Affiliation
  • Life events
  • Awards or Accomplishments
  • Names of survivors
  • Place where funeral or memorial service is held
  • Place of internment

Maximizing the Genealogical Value of Obituaries

Once you’ve read and reread the obituary and you’ve underlined the important pieces of information, the next step is to organize the information in a way you can access later and have a complete understanding of what it is you found important. You can download forms for free that can help you research genealogical clues from obituaries at

The first thing to do is copy down the information point by point. Then make notes about each point.

Questions to ask yourself as you go through each point are:

  • What information does this clue provide?
  • What public or historical records exist that will provide further information?
  • Where can I find those records?

The notes you make about each point can be anything related to genealogy research:

  • Personal notes – maybe you were reminded about a conversation you had with a relative about this point.
  • Family history notes – maybe another ancestor was a member of the same organization.
  • Notes about what you’ll want to research about this information – perhaps you want to look up how long this person was a member of this organization.
  • Where records that expand on this information might exist – make notes as to where you can find the answers to your questions.

Other notes might include tidbits of information from:

  • Phone book
  • City business directory
  • Internet
  • Church directory
  • School databases

Taking the time to go through obituaries carefully can go a long way to helping you find clues to your family history and connecting you to your ancestors and relatives. Names, places, and dates are just the starting point. There is so much to learn from obituaries, but you have to read between the lines. Not all the information will be there ready for you to see, you’ll have to do a little digging and a little research. Making notes and keeping your notes organized will help you get the information you are looking for.

Melanie Walters

If someone has a "death record" on, does that necessarily mean they’re dead?

March 21st, 2011 1 comment

This morning, as I have many times before, I did a search for my old 7th grade history teacher from 14 years ago (96-97), only to be redirected to a page demanding my Credit Card Number which I shall not give! They promised a "free trial," but I didn’t even attempt to proceed because I’m afraid it might not be as "free" as they say it is. But still, I kept searching for records on Ron Kolodzy (as well as Ronald J. Kolodzy and other forms of his name), and it kept telling me the same thing — that he has 1 birth, 1 marriage, 1 divorce, and 1 death record that cannot be accessed without membership to So is there any possibility that this is a mistake or something standard they use to try to hook you? I’ve tried doing similar searches with other names but didn’t find any records in that box. So could you please tell me if it is possible that 53-year-old Ron Kolodzy in Texas, born on April 29th of 1957, is still alive? Is there any hope that he isn’t really dead? And what can I do to find out more information about him if he really is? How do I find-out when he died, what from, and where he’s burried if it turns out to be true that he has passed away?

When u do searches that result in an immediate response for your credit card info, aren’t technically completing your request.. (so 9 out of 10, it’s just a default response)but maybe you should higher an investigator or try to locate family members to be certain… or look up the obituary in the news paper for that timeframe… wish u luck…

how can i look up death records in michigan 1965 for free?

March 14th, 2011 3 comments

I’m trying to find out information on my grandmother.she was born in michigan and also died in 1965.i’m doing a family tree with and i’m stuck.i need some where to look up free vital record.

Yo could try
too. The best entries have a copy of the obit, a couple of memories by family members and links to spouses, children and parents. Not all of the entries have them, of course.

If she died in 1965, she was probably born before 1930. She could have been married with 3 kids in 1930. If you post a new question with her name, birth year and children alive before 1930, one of us may look her up on the census for you. There is a 10% chance one of the people living with her family will be an aged parent.

How do i find someones death record?

March 14th, 2011 2 comments

Can someone PLEASE tell me how to find someones death record or can someone search it for me ? Someone recently died but the thing is im not sure if that person is really dead because they live in another state (Its my aunts boyfriend) The person who ”died” lies alot so it is very hard to believe 馃檨 someone please answer asap thank you!!!!!!
Name, Osvaldo Chavez – Death November 4th 2010 and location is somewhere in california he is 38…..

It is way too early for this individual to be showing up in any death index. It takes about a month for the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) to be updated, for example, and, even then, some individuals never show up in an index for one reason or another. We could look for an obituary, but California is a BIG state with a LOT of major newspapers… an impossible search without knowing the general place of death. Also, in some cases, the deceased does not get an obituary or death notice.

You will just have to wait until the next SSDI update. In the meantime, you and your aunt might try learning more about Osvaldo’s alleged place of death. Does he have family members that you can ask?

Death Records for Genealogy

May 5th, 2010 7 comments

There are different reasons why people search for death records but one of the most common reasons is for genealogy. Death records can play a very important role in genealogy because they can tell you a great deal about the living ancestors. You can learn about the other family members of the deceased such as parents, spouse and children. In many cases, you can also learn more about extended family members or you can trace the death records through of one person to another, matching the family tree.

Certified copies of death records have been around for a long time now. While records have been kept for many years, they are now considered a legal document while also being a public record, meaning anyone can access what is contained within.

There is important information found within the death record that can help with genealogy but the most important information is that of the other relatives. You can look up full and complete history for a family by checking the death records. This is also a great way to verify that people really did live and die where they said they did and that they lived how they were said to have lived.

If you want to trace your family鈥檚 roots or build a family tree, an online death records database will be an important tool in helping you do this. Since you will probably need to search through multiple records, it will make the process faster, more affordable and easier. Just be prepared for some of the snags that might come along the way.

There are some problems that can come into play when searching for death records for someone. For example, depending on the period of time you are searching for, women are sometimes harder to locate records for. This is because during some times and locations, death records were only kept of men. Women were considered to be property of the men and those men were not required by law to keep records of their vital history on the women. This means that if a woman died, her husband was not required to document this death legally.

But the problems extend further than just women. There are some men that you might have trouble locating records for, again depending on the period of time in history and the situation. If you run across a problem, you can often fill in the gaps with other family member death records or with school records, prison records, military records and more.

Tracing your family tree is a big job and not one to be taken lightly but there are now many tools out there that make it easier than ever before. Why not take advantage of these tools such as using the Internet to trace your death records? It鈥檚 fast and easy and can help you search for multiple records all in the ease and comfort of your own home. While no one said that making your family tree would be easy, it is certainly a rewarding experience when you have completed.

Rose Quadee

Family Tree

March 2nd, 2010 8 comments

It’s not hard to begin your search for the roots of your family tree. Here is some useful information.

The first step toward building your tree is to start with yourself and move backwards. You can use a regular notebook to document your information or use a software program that will help you keep everything sorted out.

Next, you will want to find as much information as possible about each of the members of your family. The basic pieces of information you need are the date and place of birth, wedding date, spouse name and date and place of death. These bits of information will allow you to work further towards getting the information you need. If you don’t have all the information, you will be able to do research to find it later.

Begin to write down your family tree. Start with who you know and work backwards in time. Don’t worry if you have blank spaces – that’s what researching your family tree is all about. Later you can conduct research for your family tree to fill in the missing information.

There are many places to research your family tree. Start with your current family members. Interview your family members to gather as much information as possible. Sometimes family stores that have been passed down may hold clues to important information about your family tree. Document the information so that you can go back to it later. Another family resource is the family bible. The bible is the place where past generations recorded life events such as births, deaths and marriages. Someone in your family may also have records like birth or death certificates and marriage certificates.

Besides the family there are other places you can go to research your family tree. With access to the Internet, you won’t even need to leave home. Some resources on the Internet have free access. Other websites that specialize in genealogy require a subscription. You can access many public records for free. However, the further you go back, the fewer records you are likely to find. You can use birth records, death records, marriage records and even the census records to find information that is useful.


What鈥檚 in a Public Death Record

December 22nd, 2009 4 comments

What kind of information can you find in a public death record? What makes these records one of the most commonly searched for types of vital records in America? If you鈥檝e never actually searched for a death record before, you might be surprised to learn about some of the stuff that is found within it. These records can be very informative in both information on the deceased and also information on their family and survivors.

Here are some of the basics you can find in a public death record:

路 Name of the deceased

路 Date of the death

路 Date of birth

路 Obituary/death notice

路 Cemetery location/ burial details

路 Records of spouses

路 Records of children and other family members

路 Cause of death

路 Death certificate

路 Funeral records

路 Genealogy database

路 And more

The exact results of the death record will depend on different factors. For example, different states may have different laws regarding exactly what gets recorded at death. So a death record from one state may contain additional information than that of another state.

Another factor that can contribute to what鈥檚 in the death record is where you obtain the records. There are many different databases online offering death records but they are not all created equally. One may provide more information than the other and one may be more confidential and accurate than the other. Some may provide basic info for free and additional information for a fee. However all death records will have some or all of the basic information above.

Once you learn what鈥檚 in a public death record, you can see the different ways in which you might be able to use such records. Some people use them for tracking their family history or creating a family tree. This can be a great way to catch up on your family heritage and trace where you came from. You can look up your parents, grandparents and as further back as records allow and see all of your family history. You can then trace these people according to who married who, how many children they had and more.

Public death records are also sometimes used to do background checks or criminal type investigations on people. They can also be used to help write a biography of someone who is deceased. Because of the information held within a death record, especially if there is an obituary, you could learn more about someone鈥檚 life even if you had never met them while living.

This is just a touch on the most common uses of public death records. Since the information is public, anyone can get it and use it however they want, as long as they are not used to break the law in any way. A firm understanding of what鈥檚 in a public death record will help you use them to your advantage should you ever need to.

Rose Quadee

Reconciling Your Past In Texas, Or What You Should Know About Your Medical History

December 16th, 2009 No comments

Your family’s medical history can provide insight into the diseases and conditions that are common to you and your relatives. Use this history for clues about your risk for certain diseases and conditions. Family gatherings in Dallas, Houston or anywhere else in Texas can be fun and memorable. They are also an ideal time to catch up on family news and information, including your family’s health history. By mapping your family medical history, you can help identify some health risks you may face in the years ahead and plan for measures to minimize or eliminate those risks.

What is a family medical history?

A family medical history or medical family tree is a record of illnesses traced among family members. It looks like the family tree you might have drawn in school, with, of course, the addition of health information. This tree shows the relationships between each family member. And, depending on how much information you’re able to get for each relative, your medical family tree may end up being very detailed, while including health issues each family member faced.

What are the advantages of family medical history?

By compiling a family medical history, you can help your doctor spot patterns of specific conditions and diseases among family members. Your doctor and other healthcare professionals can use your family’s medical history – sometimes called a pedigree – for a number of things, including:

* Diagnosing a medical condition
* Determining whether you may benefit from preventive measures to lower your risk of a specific disease
* Deciding what medical tests to run
* Identifying other members of your family who are at risk of developing certain diseases
* Calculating your risk of certain diseases
* Calculating your risk of passing certain conditions on to your children

What can’t your family medical history tell you?

A family medical history doesn’t necessarily help everyone looking for answers about hereditary health concerns. For instance:

* If you’re adopted, family medical histories only work for blood relatives. And if you are adopted and don’t know your biological parents, your family’s medical history won’t tell you about your risk of inherited diseases.

* Don’t use it to predict your future. Whether you’ll actually end up with an inherited condition depends on your health habits, especially diet and exercise. Knowing now that you’re at risk of certain diseases can motivate you to change any unhealthy behaviors.

It provides limited insight into small families. If you have few siblings and cousins, it could be more difficult to identify family health patterns.

Someday it may be possible, and affordable, to use genetic testing to predict all of the diseases you’re at risk for. Until then, your family’s medical history is probably the best way to look into your possible future.

Gathering information about your family’s medical history.

Interview your relatives in person or on the phone. Or see if they are willing to take a few minutes at your next family reunion to answer your questions. Talking with your relatives can also help you renew or build relationships, as well as gain valuable medical knowledge.

Devise a questionnaire for your family. This should include questions about medical conditions your relatives have and their health habits, such as smoking, diet and exercise. Also include:

* Can you provide significant dates, including birth dates and other approximate dates when diseases/conditions were diagnosed?

* What major diseases has the family experienced? Examples: heart disease, stroke, cancer, depression, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, blindness and deafness. At what age were these diseases or conditions diagnosed? Was treatment successful?

* Any relatives have a tendency for other conditions: allergies, asthma, migraines or frequent colds?

* Have infertility, miscarriages, stillbirths or infant deaths taken place in the family? If so, what was the cause?

* Any history of birth defects, learning disabilities or mental retardation?

* What is the family’s dominant racial and ethnic background? Some diseases are more common among members of certain races and ethnicities.

* Is there any other information that may be relevant to the family medical history?

There are other sources of information you could include, such as death certificates, which are available through your state health department, and family records, which might include letters, census records or obituaries.

Try to gather as much information on as many generations of relatives as you can, including your parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, half brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, children and grandchildren. If you’re married and have children, include your spouse’s family history as well.

Make sure the information is as accurate as possible. If you don’t have information regarding what caused a family member’s death, don’t guess. Incorrect information will give you incorrect results. Do your best to collect solid information about your closest relatives, which would be your immediate family.

What can I do if a relative doesn’t want to share their medical information?

You might come across some relatives who prefer to keep their health information private. There may also be relatives who do not want to talk about an uncle’s alcoholism, a niece’s treatment for mental illness, a nephew’s dyslexia or a grandmother’s Alzheimer’s disease. Use tact and compassion to overcome this hurdle.

In addition, consider these strategies to get family members to open up and share personal information:

* Emphasize that your purpose is to create a record that will help you determine whether you and your relatives have a family history of certain diseases or health conditions. Make the completed medical history available to other family members so that they can also share the information with their doctors.

* Ask a question several different ways. Some people may be more willing to share health information in a face-to-face meeting. Others may prefer answering your questions by mail or e-mail.

* Word each question carefully. Don’t start with personal questions. Begin your interview by asking general questions about the whole family and then let your relative volunteer his or her personal health information.

* Be a good listener. As your relatives talk about their health problems, let them speak without interruption. Listen without judgment or comment.

* Respect privacy. As you collect information about your relatives, respect their right to confidentiality. Some people may not want to share any health information with you. Or they may not want this information revealed to anyone other than you and your doctor.

Now share your family medical history with your doctor.

Take your completed medical history to your next doctor’s appointment. Your doctor can help you analyze disease patterns and can talk with you about your risk of developing certain diseases. If you’re considering genetic testing, your doctor can discuss this with you and determine whether genetic testing is right for you.

You’re a young, healthy Texan and you certainly want to continue to stay healthy now and as you get older. So a comprehensive medical history might just help you pinpoint and avoid problems in the future. The right individual health insurance plan might also help you with your long-term fitness and health goals.

Pat Carpenter

The odds of getting the right information on this death record?

December 11th, 2009 2 comments

Alright…I messed up when I bought my last death record from the Cook County genealogical office (Chicago) online. I bought the wrong person’s that had the same name as the person I wanted to buy. This time however, I’m sure I have the right person. Her name is Maria (Steele) Gorey. She died on January 25, 1920. I knew this because I found a telegram sent to my great grandfather telling him that she had died when I visited my grandma. Anyways, I found the record online. I’m going to buy it, but it costs $15. I’m 16 and I really don’t want to waste my money. I have to buy it online with my mom’s credit card and then pay her back. I just want to know what anyone thinks the odds are that I will get her parents’ names on this death certificate.

The earliest record I have bought from Cook County was 1932 and it had a line for parents’ names however, no one filled it out (I think in that case the person didn’t have family members around when she died). For my Maria Steele, I know for a fact that when she died she had 3 children living in Chicago, and that they probably would have known Maria Steele’s parents’ (My great grandfather’s grandparents’) names because they took trips up to Wisconsin and used to spend time with them.

So if anyone has ordered a death record from around this time in Chicago, I’d like to hear what you got. Also I’d like to hear what anyone else thinks will happen if I order this certificate. For a side note, my parents hate when I ask them about their families, and they totally don’t support me doing this at all and I don’t want to listen to my mom say I told you so. Hopefully I can get this information.
haha Jan…The family tree you just posted on your answer is mine…The Shaw family tree is my account on That information is everything I have found without any help from other people’s family trees on (So far I can find no family tree to link up with).

To Wendy: According to the census of 1900 or 1920, her birth date is november of 1870 so that explains why she is not on a 1870 census. And since the 1890 censuses were burned that is why she is not on those. I just can’t seem to find her on the 1880 Census. Her sister Belle died in 1903. I have a telegram a "Eugene Steele" sent Maria Steele in 1903 telling her "Belle is DEAD". However, I don’t know whether Eugene is a brother, uncle, or father. It could be her father because Maria Steele’s son (my great grandpa) was named Francis Eugene Gorey. Hence his middle name was named after his grandfather.

My account name on is "lilshaw1212" and my family tree name is "Shaw Family tree".
Michael "Mike" Gorey died on May 2, 1902 when he fell into the Chicago river and drowned to death while working on the docks. Maria Steele raised the children all by herself. My grandma told me that her father (Francis Gorey) used to take trips with his mother Maria Steele and spend months up in Wisconsin with Maria’s family. I’m guessing it was so Maria could take some time off from raising her 3 surviving children all by herself. I’ve searched high and low both online and off for Maria Steele’s parents and I’m thinking this death record is my last chance.

Also, where did you find that information about the marriage. The only thing I could find on the marriage was that it took place in 1891 (from a Chicago census)
To Jan: no Belle Steele is not black. I have a picture of Maria Steele and she is most defintely white. From the censuses of 1900 and 1920, I know that Maria Steele’s (and Belle’s) parents were from Ireland, so I’m thinking there is a pretty slim chance they are black.

I have been trying to find your Marie Steel in the 1880 census, but no luck. I find her and husband Mike Gorey in 1900, where she gives her birth as Nov 1870 in Wisc. They were married 9 yrs.. her sister was Belle Steel, born Aug 1880 in Wisc, was living with them. This proves the parents lived until that time.. but darned if I can find them. Mike has died pre 1920, since the kids are listed with mom in that census, and she shows as a widow. This seems to be a case of they listed her, even though she died??
The thing I am wondering about, is what happened to sister Belle? If she married, and died, there will also be a death cert for her, and she would be the most likely informant for Marie’s death record. But.. no guarantee, never is.
I don’t have, so maybe someone will come in behind me, and pick up on something else. The problem is that there is no 1890 census which would show both girls with parents, and Belle is not going to show in 1880.
just did more searching, and find…
11 JUN 1891 , Cook, Illinois
(that is the filed marriage date for Marie and Michael Gorey, so the marriage was in Cook county).

GOREY, MICHAEL 1902-05-02CHICAGO 40 YRU 00006684COOK
it looks like this could be the death date for your Michael, the age seems to be right for a 1861 birth.