Oh, I was so sure I had him. A refresher as to how he is related to the Friends Album:
Cornelia Morris + Henry B. Young
Stanley M. Young + Mary L. Morrill
Calvert H. Young + Helen M. ????
Stanley A. Young + Mary Kerr
Stanley A. Young Jr.
First, I found a SSDI record for a Stanley A. Young, Jr. Ancestry.com led me to corresponding United States Obituary Collection records. While not the obituaries themselves, the abstracts for these records do include the names of individuals mentioned in the obituary, where the obituary was published and when. There are several records for this Stanley, as it appears his obit was printed in both Florida and New York newspapers. Here’s one record from the RootsWeb Obituary Daily Times:
YOUNG, Stanley A; 79; Painted Post NY>Dade City FL; Tampa Trib; 2004-5-25; evallie
I should have done a quick look-up of Painted Post at this point, but instead I went to the Tribune web site and there I did luck out. I found the obit. And then my heart sank. It listed a sibling I hadn’t found yet. That finally prompted me to look up Painted Post, N.Y. It’s more than four hours away from Yonkers, where it appears the family of our Stanley hailed from. Darn! Not our guy. I was back to square one, at least with Stanley.
Then I found an intriguing Public Records Index record for a Stanley A. Young in Chappaqua, N.Y. Chappaqua isn’t that far away from Yonkers. I started investigating this Stanley Young using resources that are more fit for living subjects — pipl.com and PeopleFinders.com. These sites can bring up very interesting things, including street addresses, the names of relatives and associates, public records like court cases, social media profiles, etc. (They also can bring up a lot of junk and sponsored links. Be careful what you click on. I usually only stick to the sites with free information.)
When I looked up this Stanley Young, Yonkers came up as a former place of residence. I found the names of his wife and children. I found the street address and phone number for his son.
The problem with sites like pipl.com, especially when searching for people who are advanced in years, is that they don’t always capture the fact that the person you are looking for may actually be deceased. The Stanley Young I’m searching for would be around 85 years old. There’s a very good chance he is alive, but there’s also a chance he isn’t.
I’m going to start with his son. I’m a bit too chicken to call him up, so I’m contemplating writing a letter. I haven’t managed to find his email address yet, which would be ideal.
RootsWeb Obituary Daily Times record, Stanley A. Young; RootsWeb (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ : accessed 27 May 2011).
Social Security Death Index record, Stanley A. Young (Florida); Ancestry. com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 May 2011).