Questions lead to more questions

For the last year or so, my Lowry ancestry research has ended with my 3rd great grandfather Michael Lowry. From what I can determine, Michael was born in Ireland in 1830, arrived in the United States in 1849 and died in 1921. Every fact has a source except his date of death. That is, perhaps, until last week. I was continuing my research and discovered a death certificate for a Michael Lowry of Salem, Ohio dated 21 Jun 1928. An 8-year difference in date of death is a researcher’s nightmare. Is this the same Michael Lowry? Is this a random cousin or someone who is not related? I have to admit, with his original date of death uncited, I’m not even sure how I came across the year 1921 (probably an Member Tree). Well, I continue to search for a 1921 death and now the new 1928 death. The great thing about this death certificate is that it adds the name of a father (Thomas), mother (Mary) and address to use as research points. I’m looking for more to back this document up and will let you know what I find.

Update: (14 Apr 2014) This is the death certificate of my third great grandfather Michael Lowry. I’ve featured him quite a bit on the blog so do a quick search (above) for the follow-up.
“Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 01 Nov 2012), Michael Lowry, 1928; citing reference fn 35520, Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio.

2 thoughts on “Questions lead to more questions

  1. If this is your Michael, you've got a great lead into the next generation. Perhaps you can confirm this is your ancestor by knowing the 'informant' for the death cert.
    Good luck!
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)


  2. Thanks! I'm about 90% certain this is the right guy but I don't want to start adding family members without another source. Also, you have a great blog! I've bookmarked it and will definitely make repeat visits. I see you live in Fairfax; I'm in Loudoun. Hi neighbor!


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