Way back when, I picked up a Brooklyn Death Certificate for George Oakley Yerks from the New York City Archives. He was the great x2 grandfather to Colleen Yerks Hayes, my wife. The Death Certificate disrupted everything I thought I knew about George Oakley Yerks and his parents. According to his Death Certificate, his parents were listed as George _________ and Elsie Donlap. My previous research, largely based on Census Record research, had led me to believe that his parents were Lucinda and William Townsend Yerks. For about a year, I aggressively pursued other leads and possibilities with no luck whatsoever. So, With nowhere else to go, I have recently continued Yerks family research on the premiss that my initial Census Record research had been correct. But something still made me feel uncomfortable about that, until this past Monday.
Last week, I acquired two important dates of Deaths for William Townsend Yerks and Emeline Schenck. They came to me by way of Kim at the Onondaga County Public Library. They hold a copy of the Birth, Marriage and Death indexes for the State of New York. “Wm T Yerks” died on August 12, 1900. Emeline Schenck died on March 4, 1939. So armed with that information, I headed over to the Town Clerks office in Bedford, where they both died, in search of the details reported on their Death Certificates. The Town Clerk informed me that it may take about an hour or so to do the research and get everything typed up, so I decided to head over to the Mount Kisco Library to see what I could find on Microfilm about their deaths.