1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 11, 2020 2:23 PM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking death certificate for John Cronin

    Gerard O Rourke Newbie

      John Cronin (father) was listed as a ‘fireman’ in the USA census of 1910 and was working in Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston.  Fireman in this context was not the traditional fire-fighter. There was a chain making plant at the navy yard and they (firemen) were employed attending boilers on the steamships or in the chain plant. In the 1910 U.S. Census  Nora with her husband John Cronin with children Mary, John. J. and Catherine lived at 12 Harding St. Cambridge. Next door to them lived John J. Sheehan, his wife Mary Sheehan (nee Cronin,   sister to John above )? and children Daniel F., Julia A., John J., David J., and Mary.


      Cambridge city directories of 1911 and 1912 show the family still lived in Harding St with his occupation being listed as ‘mariner’.  In 1913 the directory only listed Nora Cronin his wife. Therefore it seems John Cronin died sometime between 1912 and 1913 but there is no death certificate. It is unlikely she could have married if there was any doubt regarding the death of John Cronin. For to marry again, she would possibly have needed a death or similar certificate. Thank you

        • Re: Seeking death certificate for John Cronin
          Cara Jensen Tracker

          Dear Mr. O Rourke,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The Federal Government does not ordinarily create or maintain birth, death, marriage or divorce records. Such records are made and kept by State and local governments rather than the National Archives.   To locate death records prior to 1925, we suggest you contact the Massachusetts Archives, and from 1926 to the present, contact the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics


          We also suggest that you search the FamilySearch index for Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1920 and review the FamilySearch Research wiki for Massachusetts Vital Records.  


          In addition, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Personnel File (OPF). OPFs and medical information for individuals who worked for the U.S. Navy in a civilian capacity prior to 1952 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). Please email RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov and  include the full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, Social Security Number (if applicable), name and location of the employing Federal agency, beginning and ending dates of Federal Service. For more information, the web site is https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/opf.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RL-SL. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!