Always look into a death record informant's life!

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Hi all,


it's me again! Long time no talk! Only have a few more weeks of Junior year left but man will that be tough yet fun! Anyway, that's the main reason that I have been fairly silent but don't worry, though, by mid-May, I will be back in tip top shape here!

Anyway, I am writing this post as a friendly reminder that any name on any record of any of your relatives. Today, I dug deeper into the informant on my great-great grandma's, Katherine Kristof, 1930 death record. The name did not compute as it was an Anna Mares therefore showing no relation to my gg-grandma. However, after finding her and her husband friend in the 1920 and 1930 US census. I found out that they were next door neighbors in 1920 and that Anna and Katherine my be cousins through their dads!


How cool is that!?
WikiTree profile: Catherine Kristof
in The Tree House by Michael Hruska G2G6 Mach 5 (51.1k points)

Great find Michael.  I have a similar story when I first started Genealogy. On my Great Grandfather Harry David Nelson's Death Certificate, the informant is Sarah Lippert.  He died in 1937 and I found him living with Sarah Lippert as a Roomer in the 1930 census, Sarah was his Landlord.  Now my Mom, talked about an Aunt Sadie and I eventually learned that Sadie was a nickname for Sarah.  This lead me to finding a marriage record for Sarah Nelson to George Lippert.  

Harry's wife was Clara Burrier, but they had separated by 1927, as I later found out.  His Death record says Widowed, Hers says Divorced.  And her Informant is Sarah Bibbee.

More digging and Sarah Bibbe is Sarah Nelson.  She had a child out of wedlock with Husband surnamed Morris, Married Lippert who died, and married Bibee who had three wives including her and has a headstone with places for all three wives.

A whole bunch of stuff unraveled when I investigated the informant(s).

That is awesome, Mike! Thanks for sharing!

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Nice....just like Genealogy Roadshow!!!
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