August 10th, 2004


found: one uncle, deceased

Yesterday I managed to close an unfinished chapter of family history. I found the death record of my father's older brother.
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I happened to be on the SSA website yesterday for something else, when I remembered tani_chick's suggestion for searching their death index. Interestingly enough, while SSA doesn't post it themselves (you can buy a CD of the information), several other geneologically related sites have made the data available to search. Finally remembering I wanted to look something up when I was actually in front of the computer I put his name in, and got four answers back.

Two were too young, one was a trifle too old, and the fourth looked like a pretty good match. I called my mom to verify his middle initial - F, for Francis, as he was named after my great grand mother (hurrah for gender neutral names!) - and that he was six years older than my father. So indeed, it was him - he died 14 April 2002 at the age of 86.

It's not the possibility of inheritance that brings satisfaction - as far as I know there isn't or wasn't any, fantasies of rich demented uncles burying cash in the Utah hills aside. It's just nice to know, somehow, and stop wondering.
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for all those barbers

Let me call you sweetheart til this song is done
Let me whisper softly you're this moment's one
While you're meek and pliant I'll coo in your ear -
Develop a thought or a will of your own
And I'll label you Fridgidaire...

(and for faintheart, who will understand.)
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