Genealogy clues abound in nearly every cemetery I visit.
Sometimes immigration, relationship, and residency clues present themselves in abundance on just one headstone:
The Cheney family monument in Riverside Cemetery, Black River Falls Wisconsin
At times, the overall layout of a family plot will reveal names and relationships:
The Berlet family plot in Montrose Cemetery, Chicago Illinois
Sometimes the only record of a child who was born and died between censuses is found on a headstone:
Lucy Isabel Shook in Oak Hill Cemetery, Janesville Wisconsin
These and other important clues are available on Find A Grave because volunteer contributors put them there.
As a genealogist, I know how exciting it can be to find an ancestor on Find A Grave. And how disappointing it can be when they can’t be found.
When I joined the Find A Grave community seven years ago, my goal was to add all my deceased family members. Then my goal expanded to add a number of memorials equal to the number of ancestors I have.
Think of the [even more] amazing resource Find A Grave could become if every genealogist added 4096 memorials!
I hope you’ll consider memorializing a few of the ancestors in your family tree this Memorial Day weekend.
It might just be the best cousin-bait ever used when fishing the internet for genealogist cousins.