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Surnames: May, Hoker
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I was just in Fort Dodge getting records....Fort Dodge is the record center for Webster
County. Records for 1921-1941 are centrally located in the State Capital Des Moines for
State Records. You would have to appear in person to do a search yourself. Too much to
look at. It gets overwhelming and exciting at the same time. If it's not in the
registration index...look in the back. My grandmother was not listed in the index but her
death was in the actual records. Unfortunately not everyone reported family deaths to the
local office and so the record may be there but it may not be indexed. There is so much
there it's fabulous but don't go unless you are willing to spend all day there!
Courtesy copies are $5 each, certified $15, and directly through Des Moines is $15 for
both for each record. I believe I saw a "Boker" at a few
cemeteries...haven't seen the name Hoker. Are you sure you have the right name?
Also...You have a Lavora May...May is my family. Where do you!
fit in? Is it Lavora or is it Lavona...My grandmother is named Lavona after family
ancestors. Mays are very prominent in Fort Dodge, Webster City, Dows City, Eagle Grove,
Boone, Fraser, Lehigh, and Moingona (pronounce "Mongona") also Sioux City. If
you have a May...Mining is what attracted them to Iowa. Would love to know where you are
in the family and compare any notes. I'm on my way to Fort Dodge again...Will see if
I can find a headstone with Hoker...worth a try. May family members were prominent in
City government...Might want to check the history of the cities to see where yours are.
There are a bunch! For now, hope to hear from you soon. Take care. Oh and btw...Most
people are not buried in Fort Dodge...They are buried Near Lehigh at West Lawn, Otho at
Otho Cemetary, Eagle Grove at Rose Hill, Boone at 2 Rose Hill Cemeteries. and there are a
few in between. Mays are everywhere! My direct Mays are literally spread throughout each
cemetery. Good Luck. A!
lso...don't always look for Maiden names on Records for Deaths...They
never included the Maiden names at death unless someone specified it.
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