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Authorities began investigating and examined the area where the woman had walked that morning. Davey insists that a name is given before burial. As a genealogist conducting her own research, Ms. Davey has examined old maps from the Odd Fellows Cemetery and collected the names of more than girls who were buried there shortly before , the year the city passed an ordinance outlawing burial at the cemetery. Mortality among young children was common then.
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In , children under age 5 accounted for nearly a third of all deaths in the United States. A century later, that number was reduced to around 1 percent. There were even more names of children who were buried at the cemetery, but Ms.
Davey said she had given up. Davey has fielded calls about the little girl from as far away as London, Rome and Australia.
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Researching other documents, Mr. Carey looked for names of young people buried in that section of the cemetery. Davey says she was also determined to discover the real story of the girl, including the date of her death.
Davey says she looked through thousands of burial records as they worked to solve this mystery. They dug up old street maps and compared them with old maps of the cemetery, and finally a family plot was found.
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The positioning of the maps put the Cook family right in the backyard along with Edith, her father and mother. We now know Edith died on October 13, With a name, and family tree in hand the anthropologist began looking for a living relative and found a candidate. They contacted that person and got a saliva sample from him.
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He said in a statement that he was "beaming ear to ear upon hearing he is the grandnephew of little Edith Cook. Professor Eerkens says as part of the research is was found that Edith died of marasmus, which is severe undernourishment.