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Help with death certificate - died while traveling on train

Postby Italy#1 » 18 Jul 2011, 20:15

Hello, I am searching for a death certificate or even an obituary for my great aunt Letizia "Laura" Smiraglia, born abt 1912, death date is 21 June 1930 (this is from her sisters Bible and confirmed by Mt. Carmel Hillside Cemetery in Chicago Il). I am told that her last known address is in Rochester, NY??? and that she was traveling by train from Chicago, IL to Hazelton, PA to visit family. I do not know where she died, therefore I can find no information for her.

Any help or Idea's of where to search would be appreciated!
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Re: Help with death certificate - died while traveling on tr

Postby PiaD » 03 Aug 2011, 01:39

Have you contacted the operators of Mt. Carmel Hillside Cemetery in Chicago? They may be
able to help you find out where to locate the death certificate. She may have been
pronounced dead in Hazleton, so perhaps contacting a coroners office there to help you get leads would help as well.

Hope that helps a little.
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Re: Help with death certificate - died while traveling on tr

Postby Italy#1 » 03 Aug 2011, 02:58

Thanks for your help, unfortunatly Mt. Carmel has no info. They did not require any information about the death or a certificate of death. They only show her last known address as being in NY.
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Re: Help with death certificate - died while traveling on tr

Postby Tessa78 » 05 Aug 2011, 03:31

Italy#1 wrote:Hello, I am searching for a death certificate or even an obituary for my great aunt Letizia "Laura" Smiraglia, born abt 1912, death date is 21 June 1930 (this is from her sisters Bible and confirmed by Mt. Carmel Hillside Cemetery in Chicago Il). I am told that her last known address is in Rochester, NY??? and that she was traveling by train from Chicago, IL to Hazelton, PA to visit family. I do not know where she died, therefore I can find no information for her.

Any help or Idea's of where to search would be appreciated!
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Is this birthdate firm?

Found this 1920 Census for Letizia Smiraglia in Luzerne, PA

Any relation?

Name: Letizia Smiraglia
Residence: , Luzerne, Pennsylvania

Estimated Birth Year: 1860
Age: 60
Birthplace: Italy
Relationship to Head of Household: Mother-in-law
Gender: Female
Race: White
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Film Number: 1821593
Digital Folder Number: 4384843
Image Number: 00543
Sheet Number: 10
Household Gender Age
Joseph Manicone M 32y
Child Filomena Manicone F 26y
Lucia Manicone F 8y
Lewis Manicone M 6y
Peter Manicone M 4y2m
Anthony Manicone M 1y11m
Letizia Smiraglia F 60y

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Re: Help with death certificate - died while traveling on tr

Postby Tessa78 » 05 Aug 2011, 04:51

AND...this 1930 Census for Laura Smiraglia living in Rochester, NY
HOWEVER, she was born in 1925...

Name: Laura J Smiraglia
Event: Census
Event Date: 1930
Event Place: Rochester, Monroe, New York
Gender: Female
Age: 5
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Birthplace: New York
Estimated Birth Year: 1925
Immigration Year:
Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Enumeration District Number: 16
Family Number: 18
Sheet Number and Letter: 14B
Line Number: 82
NARA Publication: T626, roll 1449
Film Number: 2341184
Digital Folder Number: 4661119
Image Number: 00035
Household Gender Age
Parent Vincent Smiraglia M 47
Parent Grace Smiraglia F 34
Joseph Smiraglia M 15
Mary Smiraglia F 14
Mauro Smiraglia M 13
Laura J Smiraglia F 5

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Re: Help with death certificate - died while traveling on tr

Postby adelfio » 10 Aug 2011, 17:42

If you trace back through Mt Carmel and ask them what funeral home was used you can get more info on Letizia Smiragli
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Re: Help with death certificate - died while traveling on tr

Postby amerital43 » 25 Aug 2011, 05:37

Have you tried contacting the train co.? i.e. Toledo & Ohio Central; Pennsylvania Railroad; I'm sure they would have in their archived records a notation of someone passing away on the train. Then you would know what state/county issued the death certificate. :)
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Re: Help with death certificate - died while traveling on tr

Postby amerital43 » 26 Aug 2011, 02:41

I was reading about transporting dead bodies and the train co needed to have a transit tag. These would have been filed with State or County Dept of Health or Vital Records. If you can check these places in PA or IL you might get a lead.
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