10 August 2016

Lester Graf Dies From Gun Shot Wound

Death certificates provide a lot of information of genealogical value and may lead to more places to research.  The above death certificate is from the recently released Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 at Ancestry.

The cause of death for Lester Elvin Graf, the son of Henry Graf and Mary Etta Walker, was gun shot wound.  Fortunately, it was listed as accidental.  The year was 1907 and the place of death was Harrison Township, Miami, Indiana.

I looked for his obituary or newspaper article at Genealogy Bank, but nothing was found.  I have added it to my to do list as I am sure there would have been coverage of such an accident in 1907.

It is important to read every line of vital records and look for clues that will lead to other records. I will let you know what I find.


  1. I hope you can find more about this. There are always more questions than answers, but that is what keeps us researching. Is there a local paper that isn't in genealogy bank that might have more information? Good Luck!

  2. Yes, Grant the local paper is available, in Indiana. It is on my to do list the next time I head that way.