I have been searching for my grandfather, Damien LeBlanc's, death record for years. A couple of years ago I found him listed as Daniel rather than Damien in a couple of records. I thought that might have been a clerical error so I kept searching vitals for the death of *Damien* LeBlanc.
Now some years ago, I used to go to Lawrence City Hall every week and they would allow me to look through the index cards that contain information for births, marriages and deaths in the city of Lawrence. It also includes the volume and page where the record can be found.
I have always said that whoever the first city clerk was who decided to index all of the vitals recorded in the City of Lawrence is a god-send to all researchers. I'm not sure there are many cities or towns who have done this early on and I have had difficulty searching in other locales..
Last night when I went to bed a huge light went ON - I remembered having copied information about the death of a DANIEL LeBlanc, My grandfather disappeared from city directories in 1913 so I've always assumed that as the "abt" death year. Before going to sleep I decided that today I should pull out that notebook and take a look. This morning went to those notes and it gave a death date of 1913..hmm could this be what I've searched for all these years? Could I have had the information in hand without realizing it?
I went on the familysearchpilot.or site and instead of searching for Damien I did a search for DANIEL LEBLANC - BINGO!!! There was the death record right in front of me listing the names of his parents..yes, I went a bit crazy!
I still cannot believe this record is in hand after all the years I have searched - now I have another mystery. The name of the person who provided the information was a Mrs. Pierre LeBlanc. Damien aka Daniel had no children named Pierre nor did he have a brother by that name. As we know, the search is never done so here I go again.
I have always believed that one family rarely migrated by itself - this may well have been a cousin's wife. I intend to see if I can find more on this though it will be like searching for a needle in the perennial hay stack. Wish me luck! Before I begin that search I intend to enjoy today's great and unbelievable find! Yes, at times is truly is serendepity.
So again.. never give up the search. Our ancestors are waiting to be found.
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