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There are 707 vital records available on MyHeritage for Edward A. Smith, including birth records, marriage records, and death records. Vital records are historical records that are typically recorded around the actual time of the event, which means they are likely accurate. Vital records include information like the event date and place, and the person's occupation and residence. Vital records also often include information about the person's relatives. For example, birth and marriage records include names of parents and divorce records list the names of children.
I believe Ed's middle name probably was "Armstrong," on the grounds that his nephew, Wilbur's son, was named "Edward Armstrong" Smith. This may also be a clue to a family surname in an earlier generation.