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Lena, Lilli, Lennaman Ransom, DuQuion, ILL
Need help. Stuck in my research. My mother (Lillian) was born 3.28.1933 in Chicago Illinois, to a James Robinson (bonr 1901, Montgomery, Ala) and Lena Ransom (born 1912, DuQuion, Ill). Have my mother's birth certificate so can confirm names,ages ,and place of birth of her parents. Traced Lena Ransom to DuQuion, Ill using the 1920 census. Lena was 8 and her brother Lennaman was 6. Mother of Lena was Lillie Ransom McDonald, married to an Eliza or Elijah McDonald. Obtained the marriage certificate for Eliza and Lillie which took place in DuQuion, Ill. Have a social security number for Elijah which says that he died in Chicago in June of 1966. Also, traced Lena Ransom in the 1930 census living in Indiana but can't recreate the search. The story is that Lena died during child birth and James died shortly thereafter. So my mother Lillian was raised by her relatives on Jame's side in Montgomery, Alabama. Cannot find death certificates for Lena, James, or Lillie. Brother Lennaman (hard to read name from 1920 census) if still alive would be 94 and was probably born in 1914. I think he may have served in WW 2.
Any help on how to find the death certificates or what other information I can find out about Elijah and Lennaman (search military records, old age homes in Chicago) would be greatly appreciated. Lillian is now 75 and needs to address this void in her life of not knowing her family.
Woudl like to travel to Chicago over the holiday to do some footwork (cemeteries) so any help would be greatly appreciated.
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