Connecting my 5th great-grandmother Rood to my friend Rood.

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I had an elderly friend at my church named Larry Rood (1915-2003).  I learned only about two years ago that my fifth great-grandmother's name was Olive Rood.  I am wondering if we may have been cousins.  According to his obituary, his parents were Edward Rood and Ruth Shirley.

Olive Rood is a descendant of the infamous Thomas Rood incest case.  https://reasonabledoubt.org/criminallawblog/entry/october-18-1-thomas-rood-executed-by-hanging-for-the-crime-of-incest-today-in-crime-history
in Genealogy Help by Scott Hutchins G2G4 (4.6k points)

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OK so I found his obituary, starts like this: 

''Larry E. Rood, 87, died Monday, July 7, 2003 at Community Hospital South in Indianapolis. He was a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Rood was born August 20, 1915 in Omaha, NE. His parents were Edward and Ruth (Shirley) Rood. He married Katy L. (Addison) Rood on June 13, 1937 in Indianapolis.'' (I omitted the details of his surviving family).

So *naturally* one would expect 'Larry' to be short for 'Lawrence'... oh no. It's Laural. *le sigh*, LOL. Here he is with his wife in the 1940 Census.

And that is apparently all I can find. I just can NOT seem to find him/his parents in previous Censuses, or his parents' marriage record.

Maybe someone else might have more luck?

by Christine Daniels G2G6 Mach 5 (60k points)
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Social security claim

Name: Laural Edward Rood
[Laural E Rood] 
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birth Date: 20 Aug 1915
Birth Place: Douglass CO, Nebraska
Death Date: 7 Jul 2003
Father: Thornton E Rood
Mother: Ruth E Shirley
SSN: 305037596
Notes: Nov 1936: Name listed as LAURAL EDWARD ROOD; 23 Jul 2003: Name listed as LAURAL E ROOD
by Kay Sands G2G6 Pilot (244k points)

More sources to begin his profile and work back to Olive‚Äôs siblings or ancestors 

Source Citation

Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Death Certificates; Year: 2003; Roll: 27

Source Information

Ancestry.com. Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.

Name: Laural E Rood
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 87
Marital Status: Married
Birth Date: 20 Aug 1915
Birth Place: Omaha, Nebraska
Death Date: 7 Jul 2003
Death Place: Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA
Father: Edward Rood
Mother: Ruth Rood
Spouse: Kathryn L Rood
Household
Role
Sex
Age
Birthplace
Richard R Thomas Head M 45 Indiana
Ruth E Thomas Wife F 35 Nebraska
Lamal E Rood Stepson M 14 Nebraska
Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X41X-FT1 : accessed 14 August 2018), Lamal E Rood in household of Richard R Thomas, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 33, sheet 16A, line 35, family 299, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 608; FHL microfilm 2,340,343.

His father 

Thornton Edward Rood

United States World War I Draft Registration Cards
Name Thornton Edward Rood
Event Type Draft Registration
Event Date 1917-1918
Event Place Madison County, Merrick County, Nebraska, United States
Gender Male
Nationality United States
Birth Date 15 Apr 1890
Birthplace Utica, New York, United States
Citing this Record

"United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:29JJ-8KB : 13 March 2018), Thornton Edward Rood, 1917-1918; citing Madison County, Merrick County, Nebraska, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,711,705.

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