This entry is part 3 of 3 in the seriesCemetery Crowdsourcing By Miryelle Resek In the past, cemeteries have been indexed a variety of ways: card catalogues, old books, and— if lucky—computer databases. Today, you can find your ancestors at a much faster pace.
This entry is part of 3 in the seriesCemetery CrowdsourcingBy Miryelle Resek Participating in cemetery crowdsourcing may seem overwhelming; there are millions of graves and only one you. However, with everyone taking part in a small way, a major work can be accomplished.
I admit that the first time I heard of Find A Grave, I imagined creepy, otherworldly creatures who were robbing cemeteries. I couldn’t fathom who would choose to spend time in a graveyard. Silly as that was, I realize now that I had zero insight. My life had never been touched by death, and our […]
The well-manicured grounds of the Henryetta, Oklahoma, cemetery stretched out for 60 acres with thousands of headstones. Somewhere among the monuments to the dead were the final resting places of several members of my mother’s family. It was my first visit to this town of 6,000 in eastern Oklahoma, and I had no idea where […]
Not long ago I attended a genealogy conference in Mesa, Arizona. An overwhelming number of courses were offered at the same time, and it was a challenge to decide which to attend. I ended up asking one of the volunteers to determine my fate. That he did, and I headed off to room 201, “Find […]
I was trying to confirm that the Effie Umphress who I thought was “my” Effie Umphress was, in fact, mine. I needed to confirm her birth and death dates. What a thrill it was to discover a photo online of her final resting place, with the information I needed carved in stone – a granite […]
Día de los Muertos sounds like the perfect holiday for genealogists. Who wouldn’t want to spend the day in a cemetery visiting the graves of our deceased ancestors? Combine that with a party atmosphere and you have the Latin American celebration of Día de los Muertos. Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead […]