from the FamilyTreeMagazine.com Brick Walls Forum A Unfortunately, military service records wont help you, since the War Department didnt compile service records for the Regular Armymen who served during peacetime. (For more, see archives.gov/genealogy/military.)
Leslie Grants death certificate should give his cause of death. If he indeed died in Louisiana, you can request the record from the Louisiana State Archives, which has instructions on its Web site.
An unusual death mightve led to an autopsy. According to the New Orleans Public Library Web site, autopsy reports held there are almost exclusively limited to crime-related deaths or to accidental deaths caused by some sort of violence (e.g., suicide, automobile accidents, drowning, etc.).
Autopsy Reports, Proces Verbaux, 1905-1968 include the date and cause of death as well as other information from autopsies. Coroners Record Book Journals, 1905-1969, record all cases referred to the coroner.
Seems like an event like that would have made the papers, posted FamilyTreeMagazine.com Forum user Michele. The current major newspaper is the Times-Picayune. Its among the microfilmed holdings at the NOPL, which offers a newspaper listing by year. See your February 2007 Family Tree Magazine for newspaper research advice.
If you cant visit the Crescent City, ask your librarian about requesting microfilmed records through interlibrary loan. Also research Ethel Heinemann, who may have left correspondence, funeral cards or other documents bearing clues about what happened to her brother.
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