The World War II Draft Registration Card image database (Old Mans Draft Registration of 1942)
Ben Frank King, age 53, born January 11, 1889 in Mercer Co, West Virginia.Living at Rt 1, Kirkland, WA.
Name and Address of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address: George Wood, 1164 Denny Way, Seattle, WA
Employer's name and address: Max Roader - Poultry Farm, Kirkland, WA
He was 5'-71/2", 215 pounds, light complexion, blue or gray eyes (the "X" is directly in the middle of the two boxes), bald, he registered on April 26, 1942 at the King County Local Board #2, Kirkland.
--Both sides were sent via email direct to poster.
Since you have the Death Certificate, what additional information is found:
-cause of death is not really of value.Does it give his residence location or full address? (see City Directories below).Many people die in Seattle without be a resident of Seattle.Some passing through, some under the care of a friend/family member and died there, some in hospitals.Where he "lived" is more important than where he died.That helps in locating possible friends, family, obituaries, etc.
-- is the informant "George Wood" or "Max Roader?"If not, the name of the informant "might" be of value.There were to many George Wood to isolate the correct person online. I found no reference to a Max Roader.The registration was typed, so how did the typist get the information?If handwritten by Ben, could the name had been Roades?Did the typist misunderstand what was being told, did the typist or Ben not know the correct spelling?OR, is this name correct and he is just not in the records reviewed?The City Directories might help identify Wood enough for more search, it might identify Roades/Roads/etc. also.It is possible either person could have been in their twenties (unlikely), and could be alive today (unlikely).It is possible Ben could have been a friend of the family of either person, had visited, was lodging, etc. with that family; and, one of the children may have known him in the 1950's.A person in that situation "might" be around.
I checked the 1948-1949 City Directory (Polks) of Seattle online and did not find him being documented.That might be because he was still living in Kirkland.
--In the event you are not familiar with a City Directory:
The City Directories (Polks / Others) are an annual publication that lists persons living in a populated area (City, County) in alphabetical order.Later versions also had cross reference by address, but with just the head of household named.A listing would identify the person, the spouse in parenthesis, the type of employment, sometimes the place of employment and address, then the residence address of the person.If a spouse was employed, they also would be listed within the alphabetical listing of the last name.Others in the household were also so listed if employed, children were even sometimes listed as "student."Once the Subject of the search is found, the address should also be searched for others living at that household with that last name.
Leads:I would recommend:
--To NOT pay for any research, especially for what volunteers do for free.
--The Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness has volunteers in King County:
http://www.raogk.org/washingt2.htmhttp://www.raogk.org/washingt2.htmREAD the guidelines FIRST.I would suggest asking the volunteer that does "Public Records (library)" to:
--Check the City Directories for Kirkland starting in 1942 to identify where Ben was living, where the poultry/Roader was located and his home address to cross reference against Ben's, and to identify any George Wood in that area by name, address and spouse information.If found, continue forward in time on Ben, to identify where he lived and how long.By 1942, the spouse name would also be shown.If he continues at a residence for a period of time, and had a spouse, children's names might develop at the same address.His type and place of employment are also important.If he develops a position from a poultry farm to that of a professional position, especially with a governmental position (city/county/state, school, etc), there might be an employment record of him.
The Downtown Seattle Library has full sets of Seattle, Kirkland, King County (unincorporated areas) and other areas in and outside of Washington.I could check myself, but I don't get to the library in Seattle as I did a few years ago.
If he can't be found in Kirkland at all or for just a few years, then disappears.Have the volunteer check the Seattle City Directories for him beginning in 1957 then going back in time, doing the same type of checks as above.
The same volunteer doing the Polks, could also check for an obituary.IF he resided in Kirkland, the obit might be in the East King or other newspaper.If he lived in Seattle it might be in the Seattle Post Intelligencer or Times.BUT, if he had no friends that would pay for an obit, there might not be anything written except for a death notice, more of an advertisement for the funeral home than an obit.BUT, the name of the funeral home is important as a contact.
IF a spouse is identified, additional searches can be done on here or there to determine what happened to her.I doubt he had any more children.He was married 9-10 years and had five children already.
--Contact the Funeral Home if lead develops.A long term business might still have records, a burial permit-which would lead to the cemetery, possibly an obituary, or name of a person that had purchased the plot for him.Or cremation.
--Contact the cemetery if lead develops.They might have burial permit, obituary, or other information about who purchased the plot, headstone, etc.IF he died Intestate (without a will) or money, the State/County may have buried him without a marker.I did a couple of checks for cemetery; however, cemetery transcriptions are rare, those that are have missed graves, no marker, marker/stone unreadible, broken or missing, etc.
--If it appears he had no family, request a volunteer that does "Public Records (Courthouse)" to identify if there was a Probate case in his name, probably within one to two years (more likely closer to death than if there was family).