Here is one small case study involving the Glynn Family of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. James Glynn was born in January 1834 in Ireland. He immigrated to the U.S. about 1848. He married Bridget Dunn probably in New York in 1856. They had 15 children in 21 years in New York and Pennsylvania. James Glynn and his family are found in census records in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, in 1880 and 1900. He died before 1910 given the fact that his wife was a widow in the 1910 census of Old Forge.
Death certificates became required in Pennsylvania in 1906. Nothing was found in the Death Certificate database for James Glynn. He is also not found in any of the early death records of Lackawanna County. The next step was to look for an obituary in one of the nearby Scranton newspapers. Chronicling America has digitized images of the Scranton Tribune from 1891-1910 but no obituary was found for James Glynn.
Newspapers.com has several other Scranton newspapers in their collection including the Scranton Tribune (1894-1902), the Scranton Republican (1889-1936), the Scranton Truth (1904-1915) and a German language newspaper called the Scranton Wochenblatt (1869-1918).
Two articles were found describing funerals for John Glynn and James Glynn of Old Forge, Pennsylvania in April 1904:
Unfortunately, Family Search only shows the following available regarding Lackawanna County probate matters:
These additional facts concerning the guardianship of James Glynn helps to accumulate a preponderance of genealogical evidence indicating that the death of James Glynn of Old Forge, Pennsylvania occurred on 18 April 1904.
- Lackawanna County (Pennsylvania) probate files, 1878-1885