My name is Amanda Carpenter. I have been trying to find some of my genealogy, but am kind of stuck at one point. My mother's dad's mother, (my great-grandmother) who is still alive, was born on 01/28/1913. However I have been told that her parents died in a flood in 1913, and she was adopted from an orphanage at approximately 6 months of age. Her adopted name is Freda Dotson. I have no idea what her birth name is. Her current/married name is Freda Brookover. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
If you know where she was born, I would try looking for a record of deaths caused by a flood in that area. By 1913 most newspapers would have detailed a flood that caused deaths...perhaps even a list of lost would have been published. There has to be an account in a newspaper of this incident. This may provide valuable leads.
I located information from the great flood of 1913 in Ohio where 467 people died. Odds are this is your flood.
I'll see if I can come up with a list of dead or more details.
This information is not known by my family - hence why I am trying to search records or figure out where I can find this information. The information that I put in my first post is the extent of the information that my current living family knows.
They have ways of figuring this out and you best chances to get some information are, when your ggrandmother is still alive.
If you wanna do this by yourself, check Ggrandmothers birthcertificate, wehre was she born, go to the hospital and ask, they will most probably not be willing to share information, though its a worth a try.
Some things get very clear witht he social-security number. If your ggrandmother got hers at birth, there will be the signature of either her birth-mother, which in that case is most probably not possible, or a doctor or attourney of state signing in "their name".
This is how I would do it today.
Your ggrandmother being born in 1913 makes that a little harder.