My guys looking at a waterfall in Kings Canyon National Park.
Thursday, July 14, 2011.
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My grandparents, Thomas (Tom) Lafayette Bynum and Viola Perdue had thirteen children born between 1914 and 1940. According to my father, he never had a birth certificate. So when he wanted to go into the Navy, my grandmother had to “provide a certificate of birth” by going to the court house with a neighbor as a second witness. This is the only birth certificate I have ever seen for my father.
Many of my aunts and uncles also claimed they had no birth certificates and simply went by the dates their mother and or siblings provided. So imagine my surprise when a few years ago, while searching the Texas Birth Index on Ancestry, I came upon a couple of listings that were most likely a few of my aunts and uncles. Unfortunately the images were not attached to the index and the certificates have no names for the babies.
Fast forward to last week when I decided to do a quick search on FamilySearch.org for Texas Birth Certificates and found one that is definitely one of my uncles.
The listing of FamilySearch.org looks like this:
This was a step up from the Ancestry Index as this index lists the gender. (For this certificate, it is not so important but there is another that is not yet on FamilySearch that is close between two of my fathers siblings, one male and one female. I can not tell which sibling the certificate belongs to as there is no name and no gender. Waiting very impatiently for that certificate to be released. )
This is the birth certificate for my uncle, Joe. How do I know this? Well, uncle Joe’s Social Security Death Index gives his date of birth as July 30, 1914. (Clearly, this is the date he used and told his family.) Also, I have a handwritten “family tree” from his sister that lists his date of birth as July 30, 1915. These two dates are too close to the actual birth certificate date to not be his. Further, there were no male children born to Tom and Viola around this date. Joe was the oldest son and the next male was not born until 1922.
My uncle Joe believed he was born in Oklahoma. It is my understanding that he and his relatives searched in Oklahoma for his birth certificate and finding none believed that he did not have one. This certificate clearly states that this child was born in Texas and that Tom and Viola lived “10 miles N.W. of Childress”. Childress is located in Childress County, Texas and borders Oklahoma. According to my mother, the Bynum family “went across the border” between Texas and Oklahoma quite often.
For now, I’m just happy to have another birth certificate to add to my collection!
(Dave is my grand uncle. Brother to my grandfather, Thomas Lafayette Bynum.)
My 2nd great grand uncle and his wife.
James H. Montgomery
Born: 11 March 1856 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Died: 6 March, 1939 in Tylor Township, Shelby County, Missouri.
Son of James Augustus Montgomery and Ann Latamore.
James middle name is believed to be “Hatfield” but I have not found any documents with that name on it.
Harriet Sophia "Hattie" Goodwin Montgomery
Born: 12 October 1859 in Clark County, Missouri.
Died: 8 January 1937 in Tylor Township, Shelby County, Missouri.
Their Find A Grave memorials can be found by following the links below:
Thank you to Find A Grave member Statetrav for taking the marker photo and for allowing me to use it here.
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Hey, newspaper link and obituary link compilers please add the Torrance Public Library's new Historical Newspaper Archive to your lists!
The Torrance Public Library's Historical Newspaper Archive is free and searches the Torrance Herald and Torrance Press from 1913 to 1969. Also available on the same site are some local city directories. These include:
San Pedro and Wilmington Phone Directory for they years 1931, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1936, January and October 1937, July 1938 and August 1946.
Lomita City Directory 1930
Torrance City Directory for the years 1922, 1927-1928, 1929, 1936, 1940, 1941, 1946, 1949, 1956, 1959, 1975 and the Torrance Know Your City Chamber Report of 1931.
- Updated my Ahnentafel page after some much needed “snipping” of my tree. (My cousin pointed out the error of adding some census records to my Hefner line. I took her advice and removed the connection.)
- Fixed the surname for Ada Adelia Perryman based on her marriage license. (The name was previously Perrimon.)
That is all. =^)