Find A Grave is a Numbers Game; Family Trees

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

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

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

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.

2016 05-27 Find A Grave 01

 

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.

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