Now that I’m doing a blog in addition to teaching classes and working, I find that my own genealogy work gets put aside. So, I’m vowing to do a little something to move forward with my genealogy research. I’ve made a checklist. I may be confirming a fact or crossing a possibility off the list, but it’s moving forward.
Recently I managed to cross off a possibility. I’ve been searching for the death certificate for my German-Russian great-grandfather, Jacob Sayler for awhile. I’ve tried multiple times to get the certificate from Campbell County Register of Deeds and the South Dakota State Department of Vital Records but it is not available.
When I was finally able to track down Jacob’s obituary, I could confirm when Jacob died. I was able to find the cemetery and where he is buried through findagrave.com and cemetery indexes. He died March 2, 1923 and is buried in the Artas Cemetery. The obituary does note who his parents were and that he was from South Russia.
The death certificate corroborates information given in the obituary. I do have the parents’ names connecting me to Russia where he emigrated from. I just don’t know where he died. I can’t rule out the possibility that the death certificate has just been missed somehow, but the search continues.
What are you checking off your list?