Genealogy Research Journal #4, Entry #5
With death date in hand, I was ready to search for my great great grandmother. I still knew very little about her. I needed to figure out what sources would replace the death documents that were destroyed in 1906.
Newspaper Indexes Help the San Francisco Records Gap
By chance, I learned that the Call Monitor, an early San Francisco newspaper, was in the process of being indexed. I couldn’t find any mention of Margaret’s death, so I decided to see if there was a marriage entry. I found Thomas Jones and Margaret Kelly who married in 1869.
The person who created the index supplied copies of entries for a fee. I ordered the marriage entry and waited (oh, how genealogists have to wait!) wrote the person who created the index to see the original.
I now had the only proof that Thomas Jones married Margaret Kelly. But, I still didn’t know anything about Margaret’s life.
Genealogist and writer. Creator of the Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy and Heritage website, yourislandroutes.com