Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Re: Question - Great-great-grandfather, Ransom Cross (d. August 28, 1869)

The kind of information that you are seeking is extraordinarily difficult to find. Searching the local newspapers of August 28, 1869 or shortly thereafter to see if any such story appeared would be one approach. You could also study the surviving (but incomplete) CPRR payroll records at the California State Railroad Museum to see if Ransom Cross' name appears.

See:
http://www.rrb.gov/geneal2.html
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf2h4n98jc
http://www.cbsr.ucr.edu/cnp/index.html
http://CPRR.org/Museum/FAQs.html#Great-Grandfather
http://CPRR.org/Museum/FAQs.html#Primary_Sources