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Old 12-15-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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The 1940 Substitute is basically just a bunch of directories which don't tell you much beyond the person's name and address. There were several Matthew Smith's that came up in Providence, RI but there's no way of knowing which one is the one you're looking for.
I only saw one glimse of a Mathew J. so I wondered what the whole record was. It's mathew with one T, so that's a less common spelling, and also there were other relatives in Providence, so I think it's a good bet that's where he went.
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:08 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I only saw one glimse of a Mathew J. so I wondered what the whole record was. It's mathew with one T, so that's a less common spelling, and also there were other relatives in Providence, so I think it's a good bet that's where he went.
Do you mean this? The trouble with the directories search is that it will give you results if "Mathew" and "Smith appear anywhere on the page at all, not necessarily together as the same name. This is the only one I can find which has Mathew J. Smith as one name.
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:28 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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This is a kind and generous thing you're doing, thank you. Any chance someone could look up Alvah R. Cummings ............. wife was Jenny (Wheeler) Cummings. They were from Maine, I believe he was born in Gray, Maine.
Hope you don't already have all this: I found a 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 census and a WWII Draft Card. PM me with your email address if you want the original docs. Here's the transcriptions:

1930 United States Federal Census about Alvah R Cummings
Name: Alvah R Cummings
Home in 1930: Abington, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Age: 46
Estimated birth year: abt 1884
Birthplace: Maine
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Jennie B
Race: White
Household Members: Name Age
Alvah R Cummings 46
Jennie B Cummings 34
Jessie A Cummings 13
John R Cummings 11
Jennie A Cummings 10
Esther E Cummings 9
Mary A Cummings 7
Elsie V Cummings 2 9/12
Charles G Cummings 5/12

1920 United States Federal Census about Alva R Cummings
Name: Alva R Cummings
Home in 1920: Bethel, Oxford, Maine
Age: 36 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1884
Birthplace: Maine
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Jennie B
Father's Birth Place: Maine
Mother's Birth Place: Maine
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members: Name Age
Alva R Cummings 36
Jennie B Cummings 24
Jessie A Cummings 3 5/12
John R Cummings 1 9/12
Jennie A Cummings 6/12

1910 United States Federal Census about Aliah Cummings
Name: Aliah Cummings [Alvah Cummings]
Age in 1910: 27
Estimated birth year: abt 1883
Birthplace: Maine
Relation to Head of House: Boarder
Father's Birth Place: Maine
Mother's Birth Place: Maine
Home in 1910: Whitman, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Albert L Vaughan 58
Annie H Vaughan 50
Aliah Cummings 27

1900 United States Federal Census about Alvah Cummings
Name: Alvah Cummings
Home in 1900: Bethel, Oxford, Maine
Age: 16
Birth Date: Aug 1883
Birthplace: Maine
Race: White
Ethnicity: American
Gender: Male
Relationship to Head of House: Servant
Father's Birthplace: Maine
Mother's Birthplace: Maine
Marital Status: Single
Residence : Bethel Village, Oxford, Maine
Household Members: Name Age
Irving Wilson 37
Arvilla D Wilson 32
Hiram H Wilson 75
Mary O Wilson 73
Minnie I Wilson 7
Elwin L Wilson 2
Alvah Cummings 16

U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 about Alvah Randell Cummings
Name: Alvah Randell Cummings
Birth Date: 7 Aug 1883
Birth Place: Bethel
Residence: Plymouth, Massachusetts
Race: White
Roll: WWII_2372748
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Old 12-16-2009, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Thanks, pa2uk. Now I have the 9 Cole St. address which I didn't have before. Can you find Hanna(h) A. Smith in the same directory?
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:24 AM
 
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Thanks, pa2uk. Now I have the 9 Cole St. address which I didn't have before. Can you find Hanna(h) A. Smith in the same directory?
No, not in the same directory but there's this, she can be found at the same address from 1935-1945... but if they were married, wouldn't they be at the same address? This is why I don't find the directories very helpful.
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:26 PM
 
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Angry Need help finding my long lost grandfather!

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Just thought it'd be good to start a thread for this - if you need an ancestry.com look up, just ask here and I'll be happy to help. I imagine others would be willing to as well - anyone?

Just don't abuse it and ask for like 10+ look ups, we're not going to research your entire family tree - if you have that many look ups, it's worth it to pay for at least a months worth of access to ancestry.com. One month isn't going to break the bank.
Thank you so much for offering this. I need help finding my grandfather. My family is being very elusive about him and his past. I don't know what the deal is. I never met him and know very little about him. I can't even find his grave site on FindaGrave.com which is very strange considering I found his other family members there and THEY won't even help me. Pretty rude and makes me wonder as well. I don't understand the point in geneaology if you have no interest in getting to know your own father's or grandfather's grandchild. All I do know is his date of birth, where he lived, how he died, the date he died on, and the county. Yet, with all that, I haven't been able to find his death certificate or where he is buried.

Anyone? someone? Please?

Thanks
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:16 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Thank you so much for offering this. I need help finding my grandfather. My family is being very elusive about him and his past. I don't know what the deal is. I never met him and know very little about him. I can't even find his grave site on FindaGrave.com which is very strange considering I found his other family members there and THEY won't even help me. Pretty rude and makes me wonder as well. I don't understand the point in geneaology if you have no interest in getting to know your own father's or grandfather's grandchild. All I do know is his date of birth, where he lived, how he died, the date he died on, and the county. Yet, with all that, I haven't been able to find his death certificate or where he is buried.

Anyone? someone? Please?

Thanks
Sure, just give me his info, I'll do my best to look him up on ancestry.com.
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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No, not in the same directory but there's this, she can be found at the same address from 1935-1945... but if they were married, wouldn't they be at the same address? This is why I don't find the directories very helpful.
Pa2uk- Hannah Smith lived at a different address, so she must not be Mathew's wife. You really helped me get a little tidbit I didn't have before, so thanks a lot. I can't wait for the 2012, 1940 census to come out.
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:57 PM
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I can't even find his grave site on FindaGrave.com
Most gravesites in America are not listed on Findagrave. They are only there if an ordinary person such as yourself puts them there. When you find out where he was buried you can put his memorial on the site!
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:51 PM
 
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Most gravesites in America are not listed on Findagrave. They are only there if an ordinary person such as yourself puts them there. When you find out where he was buried you can put his memorial on the site!
Yes, I was already aware of that, as I've been a volunteer for others and adding my own memorials there for 3 years.

Thanks though.
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