Yesterday I managed to close an unfinished chapter of family history. I found the death record of my father's older brother.( Collapse )
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.