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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Looking for a Death Record in Michigan or Ontario

On Jan. 9/09 Pat asked:
Looking for Gr. Uncle John lackenbauer. He was born 30 Sept 1874, married Emma Boynosky. She died and he Married Ella and moved to Michigan in 1920's. He is in the 1930 census. l later found divorce papers. Ella had become a U.S. citizen but not John. He must of returned to Canada? l want to know when he died and where? He was born in Waterloo county On.

OLIVE TREE ANSWER: Hi Pat, It helps to fill out your ancestor's life as completely as possible even though you are looking for one specific record - his death. Since you don't know what country John died in (Canada or USA) or a year of death, you should consider gathering other records to narrow down your search.

Since he was born in Ontario and moved to Michigan, a good resource to start with would be the Border Crossing Records. A look at Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956 on shows that John crossed to the USA at Detroit Michigan on Oct 1923. There is more information on the actual image. He is with his wife Emma. Their ages, his occupation, his mother's name and address and his final destination in USA is recorded.

John Lackenbauer is also found in the database Detroit Border Crossings and Passenger and Crew Lists, 1905-1957 in September 1923

In 1895 Canada and USA established a joint inspection system. These CANADIAN BORDER CROSSING records were microfilmed. They cover 1895-1954 and are indexed. They do NOT
include Canadians before 1906. After September 30, 1906 both Canadians and non-Canadians are included on these lists.

Read more about the St Albans (Canadian Border Crossing) Lists

Steve Morse has added a one Step Search engine for Ancestry's Canada - US Border Crossing Records 1895-1956 called Canadian Passengers (1895-1956): Searching the Canadian Border Crossings Lists in One Step

For an explanation of the US Canada Border Crossing Records and to understand how to find ancestors in these records, see Sue Swiggum's article published on Olive Tree Genealogy Blog

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