Genealogical Proof Standard – J. B. Burlison
J. B. Burlison (1924-1972)
|Burlison Marker - Courtesy Find-a-Grave|
BirthplaceOther than “Oklahoma,” it is only in J.B.'s various death records that his birthplace is reported -- Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. One source, the Find-a-Grave entry, indicates he was born in Wanette. This is 111 miles west of where his father & mother were living, according to the 1920 Census, in Canadian, Cleveland County, and 129 miles east of where they were living, according to the 1930 Census, in Oakdale, Washita County, Oklahoma. Because his father was renting farms in both censuses, it is possible that they were in Wanette, Pottawatomie County, in 1924. I would really like to find something that corroborates the birthplace.
|Veteran's Marker - J B Burlison - Courtesy: Find-a-Grave|
MarriageOklahoma appears, to me, to be one of the least helpful states for genealogists. They seem to keep virtually all records to themselves and only give records to immediate family. As such, I can’t find any records showing his marriage to Bertha (Bertie). I’m sure that J.B. & Bertha were married sometime between 1940 and 1955 (probably between 1949 and 1951). They were both reported as single in the 1940 census and were reported as married in the 1955 Oklahoma City city directory. J.B. was in an automobile accident in 1949 and the newspapers make no mention of his being married nor of a wife, so I suspect he didn’t marry Bertha until after 1949. They had a child born late in 1951, so I suspect they were married before his birth.
ConclusionAs Crista Cowen (the Barefoot Genealogist) suggests in her LiveStream presentation of 9/25/2014, when you analyze and correlate data, you find the places that your information may be lacking. I find that the process is a reiterative effort. One that each time you analyze and correlate your you find new areas of investigation. In my case, I added the following tasks to my workload:
- Find a corroborating birth record for J.B. Burlison recorded at the time of his birth.
- Find a marriage record for J.B. Burlison and Bertha (White).
- Find corroborating evidence of J.B.’s military service and information about the 270th Field Artillery.