Hell, it been 22 years....I'm sure he has moved through the greaving portion of his loss.
Like most of us...he undoubtably has multiple e-mail slots. Those you don't like you delete.
Just cause the phone rings....don't mean ya gotta answer it.
If the man NEEDS a definative answer....and he lives outside the area.....and the record is not available in published sources....and "public records" are still only "public" in the COUNTY of their occurance, (except for the progressive state of OREGON)....then...it is as good a shot as any.
Give it a try KIRK.