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Re: Death Record Question
In Response To: Death Record Question ()

Virginia began keeping birth and death records on a COUNTY level in 1953 and continued until 1896. These records are on microfilm , but to use effectively you need to know the County. There is a Death records database at the LVA website, not all counties are complete, but it appears that the folks you are researching died outside of VA.

At this point I think you need to continue to take a look for records in the places that you find them, hoping that they generated documents in that place which will provide you with additional info. PA is not a state that I research but maybe others can provide you with details on when PA began keeping records and how to locate them. I will tell you what I did find.

I took a look at the 1920 census for Mamie and Irving. I did find Mamie (Irving was not in the home) and her children and one grandchild. They are living in Philadelphia. Her daughter Maud is said to be married, you should attempt to find her Maud’s marriage record, which might provide details on her parents. Robert and Matilda the 2 youngest children are said to have been born in PA (most likely in Philadelphia), you need to see if you can find their birth records in PA., sometime after 1910 and before 1920.

I took a look for them in 1910 on Ancestry. Although I located Mamie and the children on the Index on Ancestry when I attempted to go to the actual page it took me to a blank census page. So I took a look for the family on Heritage Quest another census database to see if I could see the image. The information provided on this 1910 census might also give you other avenues to pursue.

Mamie, and the children are living in the household with a women named KATE Christian, identified as Mamie’s sister. I will post the details here.

KATE CHRISTIAN, Head, F, B, 40, M1, 20 years married, 2 (gave birth), 2 (living), born in VA, father born in VA, mother born in VA, Housework out
Charles Christian, son, M, B, 18, single, VA, VA, VA
Grace Christian, dau, F, 16, single, VA, VA, VA

MAMIE MINIS, sister (to Kate), F, B, 30, M1, 11 years, 6, 4 living, VA, VA, VA

Burt (Irving?) MINIS, bro-in-law, M, B, 29, M1, 11 years, MD, MD, MD – Coal loader

Maud, niece, F, B, 10, single, MD, MD, VA,

Lawrence, nephew, M, B, 6, single, MD, MD, VA

Carl, nephew, M, B, 7, single, MD, MD, VA

James (your dad), nephew, M, B, 1 6/12, MD, MD, VA,

Elizabeth BRYD, sister, F, B, 41, VA, VA, VA, Housework

Assuming that Burt and Irving are one in the same, I have no idea why the name is different. Mamie and Burt/Irving are said to have been married 11 years, and Maud their first child is 10, so they probably married circa 1899.

It appears as if Kate, Mamie and Elizabeth are sisters. Kate is married approximately 1890, and said to have married in VA. (there is an index to marriages at the LVA).

Elizabeth age 41 is said to be single, her surname is BYRD. Could BYRD be the maiden name of Kate and Mamie?

Did Lawrence, Carl, Robert and Matilda marry? Did they marry in PA.?

Sometimes you have to search other family members to get the information you are looking for.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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