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    USA records -anyone an expert at finding things please?

    A bit of a tall order this but hoping someone can help, many thanks.

    I have a James William McCall born 17 August 1893 at Pyetscleugh, Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. Only son of William McCall and Janet Muir.
    All we know of James (apart from the US Social Security record which has an incomplete death date) is that he died December 1970, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA. The death date December 1970 is on the reverse of a family gravestone which confirms he was the only son and that he died, Detroit, Michigan.

    We think James was a bachelor and we know he had a will. Due to all his immediate relatives bar one having predeceased him, the sole beneficiary was my Gt. Grandfather John Hiddleston, a cousin of James on his mother's side - Christina Hiddleston nee McCall. However by the time it was established that John actually was the only beneficiary, he had himself passed away in April 1972 (him being 95 years of age and 17 years older than James). The inheritance was divided amongst John's living children. None of the descendants of those children have actually seen the said will nor do they know which solicitors dealt with the estate. They could have been either in Sanquhar or Detroit.

    Can anybody find an exact death date and place of death for James and where he was buried/cremated? I have tried the US newspapers on findmypast but drawn a blank. Also can anybody find out anything about James' will such as where probate was granted and whether a copy of the will can be purchased?

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    there is this one on Ancestry but you have to subscribe to the newspaper to view the image

    James McCALL
    Gender: Male
    Death Date: 22 Dec 1970
    Obituary Date: 25 Dec 1970
    Obituary Place: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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    Help Val! What did you enter to find that? I have tried with minimum info for James McCall, death date 1970 and just USA because neither Detroit nor Michigan were giving me results.
    I also tried searching only the Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s-current and still got zilch.
    I don’t have a sub to the newspapers either.

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    I tried all sorts first , before I found that, seems you can have a free trial on the newspapers, can you do that? or would you like me to, unless somebody has a sub already.
    Going to bed in a minute.

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    I think I paid a researcher to retrieve a DC, obit, and will in abt that time frame, in the Detroit area. That was several years ago, so maybe there's more now?

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    My relative's records were from 1977. US DC's have space for informant, parents, burial place.

    I believe the researcher retrieved it from Michigan Dept. of Public Health, Lansing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoFamily View Post
    Here's MI public hlth dept abt obtaining records:
    https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,588...245---,00.html
    Thanks PhotoFamily. Followed that up and it’s way beyond my pocket. Had to enter an answer to everything on each of numerous pages including my UK driving licence number and expiry date and finally got a cost to post to UK. The equivalent of £72 If I was in USA it was the equivalent of £44. Seems there’s no way to avoid the £28 to post via UPS Air Services. Makes the English certificate fee seem paltry by comparison!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Val wish Id never started View Post
    I tried all sorts first , before I found that, seems you can have a free trial on the newspapers, can you do that? or would you like me to, unless somebody has a sub already.
    Going to bed in a minute.
    Hi Val, given my post above at #9, the obit is going to be the only way to go. Would appreciate it very much if you did the trial.

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