Voices in the Cemetery

Jim, a fellow Find A Grave contributor and blogger jokingly suggested conducting a séance after reading my post about the elusive Lily Flower. Our conversation continued by sharing experiences with the departed during our frequent cemetery visits. Jim mentioned a cousin who had been spoken to by cemetery inhabitants who asked “Who are you?”, “Why…

What I Learned on Find A Grave

Find A Grave contributors come in many shapes and sizes. I know this because I read the bios that catch my eye when I process edits. I enjoy reading the reasons people contribute memorials to Find A Grave, the stories about what brought them there and about their backgrounds in genealogy or graving. Today I read a…

Time’s A-Wastin’!

Every time I hear of another cemetery threatened by catastrophic weather or destroyed by vandals, I feel a greater sense of urgency to photograph headstones. Although a picture cannot replace a monument, it can provide a record for the family, law enforcement or insurance companies who may wish to replace a damaged memorial. Thoughts of tragedy aside, just seeing a…

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:   At times, the overall layout of a family plot will reveal names and relationships:   Sometimes the only record of a child who was born and died between censuses is found on a headstone:   These and other important…

Mystery Monday: Death Certificate 6824

What is Jennie Olivia’s surname? I guessed. And the FamilySearch indexer guessed. But since there is no one else on FamilySearch with the same surname, I can’t help but wonder if we’re wrong. I’m not related to Jennie, but I would like to solve the mystery of her surname. Can you help reunite Jennie with her family here…

Find A Grave Contributors Answer More Questions

In December I posed three questions to Find A Grave contributors whose virtual preservation work I admire: How did you discover Find A Grave? What motivates you to contribute? What is your favorite way to contribute (i.e. photos, vital information, obits etc.)? Answers to those first three questions are posted here. In January I asked three more…