Must completely identify the immigrant by obtaining:
- Name (in their native tongue)
- Date of a key event in the old country (such as birth or marriage)
- Names of close relatives - sibling, aunt, etc
- Specific town where he lived in old country
About two-thirds of the way through he mentioned funeral home records as a resource. He stressed that they are private collections but if you can get at them, they can be very valuable. Hah! I gave myself a little pat on the back because about three weeks prior I had contacted the funeral home that handled the burial of my 2nd great grandfather.
Maybe I should rewind- I contacted the funeral home chain that had bought several funeral home chains, one of which had bought the funeral home I was concerned with. I found myself looking at tax and business records trying to determine the chain of custody the original funeral home to guess the chain of custody for the documents I cared about. I had to bank much on potential since I wasn't sure that such documents 1) ever existed 2) been kept 3) been passed along as the businesses merged. Once I had found the mega-funeral home chain, I filled in the pertainant information about my request into a web form and crossed my fingers.
Yesterday I got a call from Nancy of the mega-funeral home chain. She had found something and she'd pop it in snail mail. In her message, she even said, "Bet you never thought you'd get a call back, hunh?" Honestly, I hadn't expected anything but I had hoped. Perhaps Nancy is a family historian as well helped a fellow researcher in need. Thanks, Nancy!
I am reserving time to watch the rest of the series. Oh and BTW, Ancestry.com is having a contest and the prize is a trip to Ireland called Coast to Castle. Like them on Facebook and then enter.