The post I wrote last week about Matthias Flock’s family helped me realize some holes in my research on the family. I am not sure how but in the early 2000’s I found information that John Flock might have lived in Enid, Oklahoma at the end of his life. My early research was not always done well. I know now the importance of using citations and research logs!
I did not have death information for John F Flock or his wife, Amner Caroline Flock. I decided to follow up on the information that I already had about the family and see if I could confirm my earlier research about Enid, Oklahoma.
I started by locating Amner Flock in the 1910 Federal Census. She is living in Enid, Oklahoma and listed as widowed. This is a good start, especially since I know that John’s brother and mother are both buried in a nearby county.
I then followed up with a search on FindAGrave.com of Enid, Oklahoma. When I searched for Flock in the Enid Cemetery, I found Lillie Flock Janeway. The genealogy hairs on the back of my neck stood up because John and Amner had a daughter named Lillie. The birth date for Lillie on her gravestone matched the information I have found for her. I was unable to find an entry for John and Amner when using the search term Flock.
Using Lillie’s FindAGrave page, I requested assistance to find her parents whom I suspected were nearby. I received an email the next day from a volunteer in the area named David Schram. He let me know that there was in fact a memorial page already set up for John and Amner and that he had gone and taken a picture that morning. He is a genealogy angel! With the memorial numbers I was given, I was able to find the FindAGrave page for John and Amner. I am going to follow up with an email to FindAGrave about my search parameters and how they did not work for something that was really there.