|Now...where is that film?|
It wouldn’t be a trip to the FHL if I wasn’t looking for records from my birth state, Michigan. So many ancestors were born, married & died there. It seems I never run out of records to look for. As we know, not all are available online.
As always, I prepared ahead for my trip. Finding which microfilms I needed to look at. I had located the index for James’ death online. However, you never get all the details in an index. And, you run the risk of a mis transcription.
Here is the index record.
Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 01 Feb 1951
Event Place: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States
Marital Status: Widowed
Birth Date: 01 Mar 1864
Birth Year (Estimated): 1865
Father's Name: John Forsyth
Mother's Name: Catherine Ferris
GS Film number: 001973236
Digital Folder Number:005363696
Image Number: 01330
You can see the film number listed with other details, like the digital folder number and image number. #1,973,244 (Michigan, death certificates, 1912-1952). Easily located and placed onto the microfilm reader. The additional details of the digital folder number and image number help us find records on a microfilm.
These records were arranged by date, so all I had to do was scroll through the film and find the year or years I was looking for.
I soon located February 1951 and found the certificate for James Ferris Forsyth who died on 1 Feb 1951 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan. James is the husband of my maternal great grandaunt, Louise Gillespie. They were married for about 63 years.
NOTE: In writing this post I realize that I don’t have their exact marriage date, nor have I looked for any newspaper articles that would have announced their 50th or 60th anniversary. Writing blog posts invariably leads me to look for more information on my ancestors. I will have a look for these items later.
Here is James’ death certificate. You can enlarge it or zoom in to see details more clearly.
I now have further details, which confirm that I have the correct certificate (occupation, marital status, names of parents). I can now record these details in my Legacy program and site this certificate as my source.
Another successful day at the Family History Library. Yes, I found other records that day, but I’ll save those for another post.
If you are related to or connected to anyone in this blog post, please get in touch. Let’s exchange information.
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