Hints and tips for researching your tree forum: would like some help.....not a clue lol!

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Dec 17, 2010 1:02 PM CST
Name: Barb ~~~~~~~
Phoenix Arizona
I've been trying to help my brother find more info on his biological father. We know:

Milo e Davis
born 1.26.1926 - died 1999 in california

He has no info on him, if there are siblings? Health backgrounds?

I'm leary of everything I google saying it's free until you click on it then they want to charge you. I don't mind paying, just don't want to do it and end up with no info?

I posted this on DG too, so some of you may see it over there as well.
Dec 17, 2010 9:03 PM CST
Name: Liz
SF Bay Area, California
I did a quick search for him on Ancestry.com, and there are a few bits of info. First is the Social Security Death index which has his exact date of death as Sep 11 1999 in Long Beach, CA. There's also a US veterans' gravesite listing which shows that he's buried at Riverside Natl Cem. It lists his service as GM2 US Navy WW II, service start date 10 Apr 1943. With his exact death date, your brother should be able to order up his death certificate which may list his parents' names and would almost certainly list the cause of death which would give you at least some hint of potential health problems. http://www.vitalchek.com is the site I use for ordering death certificates as long as it's within the timeframe that they cover. Los Angeles County could probably tell him how to go about getting it too if you can't find it through VitalChek--different counties/states have different record keeping systems. Knowing that he died in Long Beach and the date, it may also be possible to search for an obituary which would probably list any surviving family members, so if your brother is hoping to find living relatives that is probably the first thing I would look for. I'm not sure what sort of records the Navy might have available, but it's possible he could contact them too and get some information that way.

Do you know where he was born? I tried to quickly look him up in the 1930 census, but there are several Milo/Miles Davis's of about the right age, but if you knew at least what state he was born in then I might be able to figure out which one is the right one. Then I could tell you his parents and any siblings born prior to 1930. Unfortunately the 1930 census is the latest one that's available, so any siblings born after 1930 wouldn't show up and unless his siblings have already died you won't find much info on where they might be today through a genealogy site.
Dec 18, 2010 1:01 PM CST
Name: Barb ~~~~~~~
Phoenix Arizona
Liz, Thank you so much for your help!
I also got info from someone @ DG. They also used Ancestry.com. I signed up for at least the 2 week trial. OMG, this can really get addicting! He did contact the cemetery. They gave him the mortuary...which he called and they are looking up the death certificate to see if it list relatives & will call him back. Good idea on the obituaries! I will try that. This guy just seems to lived completely off the radar :(
Dec 18, 2010 4:08 PM CST
Name: Liz
SF Bay Area, California
Glad to help! Genealogy is definitely very addictive! I've been on Ancestry for a couple years now and spend time almost every day working on bits of the family tree, but I could go on for years and years and still not find everything.

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