JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Seeking Sarah BOWMAN death certificate (NY) #general

bette_sscf <bette_sscf@...>

Johanna Becker wrote:

< My husband's ggm Sarah BOWMAN [originally BAUMAN] is buried
in Rochester, NY in Britton Road Cemetery. Her tombstone gives
her DOD as 4 April 1918. I sent a request for the death
certificate, along w/ a photo of the tombstone, to the Monroe
County Vital Records office. They were not able to find a record
of her death. I then hired a local researcher who checked the NY
State Archives microfiche for 1917-1919 for BOWMAN or BAUMAN and
couldn't find her. I should note that many years ago I contacted
the NY State Archives for the death certificate before I knew the
DOD, only an approximate range. They sent me a death certificate
for another Sarah Bowman who died in 1919 who lived in another
county and who was married. My husband's ggm was a widow. People
have suggested that she might not have died in Rochester. It
doesn't seem reasonable that there would be a tombstone in
Rochester if she didn't die there and wasn't buried there. >

It is not unusual for people to be buried in a place other than
the place where they died.

Are you sure that Sarah Bowman born March 15, 1838 died April 4,
1918 at Britton Road Cemetery is your husband's great grandmother?
Does the gravestone inscription include her father's name in Hebrew?
Where is Sarah's husband buried?

The date of death on the gravestone may be in error. Contact Britton
Road Cemetery in Greece, NY for further information
< >.

Contact Congregation Beth Hakneses Hachodosh, the Orthodox synagogue
plot (BHH East row 3 grave 63) in which Sarah is buried, for further
information < >.

Check local newspapers and funeral homes for Sarah Bowman's obituary

If an elderly widow has remarried, her surname may be different on her
gravestone versus her death record. Try requesting a death record (not
only searching online) for any Sarah who died in March or April 1918.

Sarah Bowman who died in 1919 might be the correct person if her
marital status is in error and she died in another county, such as in a
nursing home. Check parents and informant names and other data on the
death record. Per Wikipedia, the city of Rochester NY in Monroe County
(another Rochester NY is in Ulster County) is at the center of a larger
metropolitan area which encompasses and extends beyond Monroe County
and includes Genesee County, Livingston County, Ontario County, Orleans
County and Wayne County. Try checking with all of these counties.

Good luck!
Bette Stoop Mas

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