Verifying Widow Susan’s Story

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I have some cool stories now! And before I swallow all of the data hook, line, and sinker, I will verify what I can through a few resources.

If you have not recently visited the FamilySearch Record Search Pilot site, you should do so! They are adding more free information. Including a batch of vital records for Michigan. If Ferlazzo’s information is correct, Susan Thomas DeGraff’s death certificate will be available there. And it is!* (Click on the image to see the entire record.)

Susan DeGraff's Death Record

The Widow Susan did move to Michigan! The record verifies her name, place, and the date. We can calculate a date of birth based on her age. However, the record unfortunately doesn’t provide specific information about her parents and they are listed as ” —— Thomas & —— Thomas.”

*Michigan Secretary of State, death registers, Jackson County, 1892: p. 7, no. 137, Susan De Graff; digital image, “Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897,” FamilySearch Record Search ( 30 Oct 2009).

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