Friday, May 2, 2014

Only Henry Can Get a Copy of His Death Ceritficate

Only Henry can obtain his Death Certificate until 2020.
Ella Mae is smiling because she knows that I can get her Death Certificate next year.  

     Over the years I have tried to locate some records of events that occurred in Oklahoma.  Henry McBee (Jayme's great-grandfather) passed away in 1945.  I know he lived in Hooker, Texas County, Oklahoma.  He is buried in Hooker.  But I will have to wait until 2020 to obtain his death certificate and to prove that he died.  The law of the State of Oklahoma states that for the first seventy-five years after a death in Oklahoma the only person that can be legally receive a copy of a death record is the person that died.  Go figure.  Oklahoma SB 1448 was signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin on April 30, 2014.  
     Guy McBee and Betty Kilbourne (Jayme's grandparents) were married in Oklahoma in 1924 (we think).  Betty was only fourteen years old at the time.  We will be able to get a copy of their marriage record in 2024.  If I don't live that long then maybe my granddaughters, Hailey or Abbey, can get a copy of the record for me. If it turns out that Guy and Betty were not married in Texas County, Oklahoma as we have been told, then we will have to search across the border in Kansas.  Kansas isn't much better at releasing genealogical records.  

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