Monday, April 09, 2007

Grave photo of John Franklin MIDIFF, I

As the weather warms up and the roads are safe to travel again, I'm starting to hear back from various volunteers regarding obituaries and grave photos I've requested. This morning I received an e-mail from Find A Grave notifying me that one of their volunteers, Jean had submitted a photo I'd requested of the grave of my husband's great-grandfather, John Franklin MIDKIFF, I. I've mentioned John last month in a post about his daughter Dorothy here. A relative once told me that he died after accidentally drinking some contaminated water. I have not been able to obtain an obituary for him through Random Acts. Yakima isn't too far away (200 miles/3 hour drive), and I have hoped for a while to visit the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society's new library to obtain sources on both the MIDKIFFs and CHAPLINs (my mother-in-law's family), especially to find any death notice or obituary for John. The cost of gas during summer months the last few years has put a damper on genealogical road trips. However, I noticed on the society's web page that they will fulfill queries for $1.00 each - very reasonable! I may just need to fire off an e-mail to them this week...!

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