- Havent made a genealogy post in awhile
- April 14th, 2011
So I decided to temporarily renew my Ancestry account. Strangely enough where I found the info, although I checked there before, was Family Search Labs.
What inspired me to do this?
Do what? Get back into genealogy? Well ... I have several trees on Ancestry and can see when someone "borrows" pictures and info. Lately a woman has been adding my photos from my Johnson/Darrah tree to hers. I contacted her. She is the wife of one of my 2x great uncle Alvey's grandsons. I noticed however that although her husband is the grandson of Alvey that she didnt have an exact dod for Alvey himself.
This lack of dod (and lack of pictures of Alvey) are something that have bothered me for ages. Most anyone can tell was it was 1961. But yesterday I dug around at Familysearchlabs.org and found they now have the indices for WV's death records up to 1963 I think it is. Might be up to '65, but no matter.
There was the index for Alvey death big as day. I now know that he died 12 November 1961.
After that find I thought Id play around a bit. I said to look for children of Robert Darrah and Delilah Eliza Hall. Last name Darrah. Did I get a surprise. I found Lena. Lena whose full name turns out to be Oleana Inda Darrah. No one. I mean no one who has worked on the Darrah family has info on her beyond her dob. But there she too was and I had not only her full name, but her husband's name, his parents' names, and dom.
Then back to Ancestry I went and found the census records which gave me 4 children. Then in 1920 her husband, John Strobel was listed as a widower. I then found an index page which contained her dod. Finally back to my favorite message board where I asked if anyone could help me find out how she died. And this morning I had my answer "Consumption" aka TB. Still no one knows all of this. I am the first to find it out.
3x Great Aunt Lena,
I found you. You are not forgotten. We now have at least a brief sketch of your life. I hope it was a good one.