Tonight while browsing the website of the Genealogical Society of Sarasota, I discovered they offer a wonderful resource online. They have taken a book they published in 1992 and made it available online – a comprehensive survey of cemeteries in the county. I immediately looked for any Koonces because I know there were plenty in Florida; I was not sure if any were in Sarasota County.
Turns out they did have one listing – Selver Koonce who is buried in Galilee Cemetery. His entry states he was born March 4, 1904 and died June 5, 1980.
A quick Ancestry search yielded a few records; a Google search found nothing; ditto with Mocavo.
I’m curious about Selver – I’d like to know if I can trace his family tree. The quickest route back would be to order his death certificate to see if parents are listed – that only costs $5 from the state. But then, I remembered that Google News Archive (which Google will no longer actively add to), had the Sarasota Journal newspaper from about 1952-1982 online. This is the perfect time period to check for an obit.
Sure enough, I found it by navigating directly to the issues for the month of June 1980.
The details found here will be a great start to my search. I will still order the death certificate, but this should help get me jump started. Google News Archive – I’ll miss the fact that you aren’t adding new papers, but it’s finds like these that show just how valuable the present existing content can be.