Death certificates are great sources of info – but the one above was frustrating to me. I wanted to see the original death register from which the data had been taken. However, I was told that privacy laws prohibited me from viewing the nearly 150-year-old book containing the death of Cynthia (Day) Bursley, my 3rd great grandmother. After contemplating this dilemma, last week I found my nicest, kindest voice and called the County Recorder. I followed my call up with a sweet-as-pie email thanking the Recorder for her time and asking for additional clarification as the state statutes showed that death records in Minnesota are actually public. My persistence paid off. Today I received the following:
Talk about Christmas in July! Since the certificate above completed by the Clerk of Court did not list Cynthia’s parents, I assumed the register also did not have this info. I was wrong! After 2 1/2 years of working on a proof argument for Cynthia’s parentage, I finally have the smoking gun: a piece of paper clearly stating Cynthia Bursley was the daughter of Aaron Day and his wife, Martha. That brick wall wasn’t so thick after all!
Yup, it’s Christmas in July. 🙂