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…

W B Porter, Jr and Sr

Eternal life is represented by an obelisk. A monument with two pillars symbolizes the passageway into the next life. W B Porter Jr, who died 07 May 1881 at the age of 36, is interred under an obelisk. One can assume it was his family’s hope that he was granted eternal life. W B Porter Sr died four…

Looks Can Be Deceiving

You know what they say about assumptions, right? Guilty as charged. In July of last year I was in Chicago’s Rosehill Cemetery taking headstone photos for Find A Grave, when I stumbled upon this: Of course I assumed the overturned headstone belonged to Scott M. Jones. After all, written in stone – those very nearby…

Westlawn Cemetery Norridge Illinois

It seemed like the main gates were closed every time I drove past Westlawn Cemetery. I really wanted to see this cemetery and I had hoped to fill a photo request for Find A Grave. This trip was no different – the cemetery gates were closed as usual so, a little disappointed, I went to one of…

As the Year Ends

Looking back on my genealogy-related accomplishments in 2015, my thoughts go first to the one that brought me the most joy. I visited 24 cemeteries this year. Three visits helped with my family history research. Maybe one of the others will help you with yours. If you haven’t yet made your New Year’s Resolutions, please consider becoming a Find A Grave photo…