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WELLS~ VA Petersburg
I am Rosemary Smith, and I am seeking information of a family of WELLS's in Petersburg Virginia.
My mother Virginia Smith was born there in 1928.
Her mother Vance Wells, was at that time 19 years of age. She was born in 1910. I was able to find her on the 1930 census along with her mother Meade Wells, her brother Ctis Wells, her daughter Catherine Wells.
This is the first actual information I have for these people.
I then searched and found social security death index for Vance Wright in Petersburg which apparently was her mairred name. I then found social security death index for Otis Wells. That is all I have been able to recover.
I attempted to get the birth and death certificates but was told I am not immediate family. I also attempted to get social security application, but they unfortunately made an error and seperated the check and the documents, and two months later, returned the request.
I then decided to contact the mortuarys in the area to find out which ones may have burried these two people, and that would give me cemetary information which hopefully will lead me to a person that is responsible for the grave sites.
This is as far as I have gotten in these 10 plus years of searching and all that I have found was since the first of the year with the census.
I would like to know if I am on the right track, and what else I should do outside of showing up in Virginia. I think that I will be taking a trip in the Summer, and bringing my mother but I would like to get as much informaton as I can before arrival.
Question: Am I heading in the right direction. Literally!
Thank you for your help. I hope I have finally figured out how to use this forum. Bear with me, as I don't use the forums, and am not used to the protocols.