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Re: Is this research logical??
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You are very welcome, Rod. You can obtain death records from 1903 from the Hopkins County Clerk at P.O. 288, Sulfur Springs, Texas 75482 (903/438-4074). Lauderdale death certificates can be obtained by writing to P.O. Box 1059, Florence, Alabama 35631 (256/760-5800). If a death certificate is available for Rush's sister, Celeste, I would obtain it with just the Month and Year that she died (if you give me the County, I can provide that information, too). There is a liklihood that if Celeste's remains were sent to Florence for burial, there was a family cemetery or public cemetery with family plots, there. I would attempt to find the cemetery and obtain the names of all Patton family members (including the women with different surnames) in the cemetery. I would then ask the cemetery for copies of all the burial information. Oftentimes, this is provided for free). Many of the old death certificates did not provide parents' names for the adult decedents but the cemetery burial information would provide the data. Keep in mind also, that if a governmental entity is unable to find a death certificate, they will mail your check back to you. The free families often leave a great paper trail so don't put off your search too long, as I'm sure there are plenty of genealogical treasures awaiting you and you may even be able to hook up Dilcey Childress to the family. Happy hunting to you, Rod!
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