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Old 08-19-2009, 10:08 AM
 
Location: land of ahs
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i haven't done this in a long time, so i guess it's time.
here goes.i never have any luck. i am searching for the family of a jimmy spears from around commerce okla area. You see he had a child that he had never met. i have heard that he passed away in the 70's around "76".
that child is me. i want nothing but to meet family. i am grown with kids and g-kids of my own. would like to learn health history and maybe some new friends. i have searched for years. he had a sister named barbara i believed she has passed and an other sister and i can't think of her name. i have been told he possible had a set of twins. that is about all i know.
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:54 AM
 
Location: St. Louis City
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As a person who loves genealogy and has an extensive knowledge of libraries/research, my first question to you is, have you posted this directly on an Oklahoma forum? I'm surprised to see this in the Missouri forum, especially since you don't mention any Missouri ties. According to Google maps, I see that Commerce is in the far northeastern corner of Oklahoma, not far from Joplin, MO. Second, you should re-post with a more specific subject thread. "Searching" is just too plain and many readers will ignore your post. I would suggest "Searching for relatives from Commerce OK."

Here are some ideas to jump start new life into your search. Find out if there is a newspaper, library or vital records office in or near Commerce. Libraries may have older phone books where you can look up former addresses. The newspaper may have an obituary index, or perhaps you can go through old issues on microfilm and look for obituaries around 1976. A vital records office specializes in birth and death certificates, but you may need to know more specific info upfront before they can help. Also, there is unlikely to be a vital records in Commerce. Most likely it will be in the county in which Commerce is part of, or at the state level. You can also try putting a personalized ad in a local newspaper, asking for anyone who has info to contact you.

No matter what you do, contacting a library (preferably the biggest, public library you can find in that area of the state), is the best place to start. Most public libraries are used to helping in genealogy requests, though the level of help will greatly vary from one library to another. They should also know if local death records or burial records are searchable online, and whether or not any old church records may help you.
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Old 08-20-2009, 02:58 PM
 
Location: land of ahs
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As a person who loves genealogy and has an extensive knowledge of libraries/research, my first question to you is, have you posted this directly on an Oklahoma forum? I'm surprised to see this in the Missouri forum, especially since you don't mention any Missouri ties. According to Google maps, I see that Commerce is in the far northeastern corner of Oklahoma, not far from Joplin, MO. Second, you should re-post with a more specific subject thread. "Searching" is just too plain and many readers will ignore your post. I would suggest "Searching for relatives from Commerce OK."

Here are some ideas to jump start new life into your search. Find out if there is a newspaper, library or vital records office in or near Commerce. Libraries may have older phone books where you can look up former addresses. The newspaper may have an obituary index, or perhaps you can go through old issues on microfilm and look for obituaries around 1976. A vital records office specializes in birth and death certificates, but you may need to know more specific info upfront before they can help. Also, there is unlikely to be a vital records in Commerce. Most likely it will be in the county in which Commerce is part of, or at the state level. You can also try putting a personalized ad in a local newspaper, asking for anyone who has info to contact you.

No matter what you do, contacting a library (preferably the biggest, public library you can find in that area of the state), is the best place to start. Most public libraries are used to helping in genealogy requests, though the level of help will greatly vary from one library to another. They should also know if local death records or burial records are searchable online, and whether or not any old church records may help you.
thank you so much for your help!!
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