Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Did Your Ancestors or Relatives Die Abroad?

I was looking through the Ancestry.com Card Catalog (http://search.ancestry.com/search/cardcatalog.aspx) and happened across the database for "Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1835-1974."  

I entered the surname :"seaver" into the database and saw 12 matches:

I clicked on the first match and saw the record summary, with an image thumbnail:

 I clicked on the image thumbnail and saw the actual "Report of the Death of an American Citizen" for Horace Nelson Seaver.

While this is not my ancestor, he is a distant relative, and I had him in my RootsMagic family tree database without a death date or location.

I added this record, and the others listed, also.  Now I need to look for surnames Carringer, Auble, and Vaux also to add to my database.

A source citation, you ask?  Why not:

"Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1835-1974," online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 20 October 2015), Horace Nelson Seaver entry; citing Reports of the Deaths of American Citizens, compiled 01/1835-12/1974. General Records of the Department of State, 1763-2002, Record Group 59. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Do you have ancestors or relatives in this time period (1835-1974) and cannot find a death record for them?  They may have died abroad, and might be in this database.

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Geolover said...

Ah, yes, this is a most interesting database.

One of my distant cousins married a man who was on the fringes of show-biz in NY, for a while called a "playwright." Evidently there was a separation, and my cuz died in Monte Carlo of cirrhosis of the liver.

They did do some traveling, and she is pictured with him on his passport -- which gives some other useful data.

So don't forget the passport database as well.

Geolover said...

There is also on Ancestry a small related database, "U.S., Consular Registration Certificates, 1907 - 1918," wherein I found a different cousin. It gave occupation, why he was in Mexico, approximate date of arrival, wife's name, date of marriage, and identities of children. Very useful if you need data for that time period.

IsraelP said...

Thank you for this, Randy.
There is one Pickholz, who died in 1972, but the report was filed in late 1975. So the database limit of 1974 is death date, not report date - at least in this instance.

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IsraelP said...

There are also addresses (abroad) for a brother and a sister.