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It's springtime! That means it's time for members of
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Sometimes users submit data to
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Lisa Lights the Way
Locating Cemetery Records
by Lisa South, Certified Genealogist
The following article was written in the April
1, 2005 OneGreatFamily newsletter. Since Lisa is no
longer writing for us, we are featuring some of our
favorite articles written by her.
When you know an ancestor's death date and location
(or can approximate one), you will want to check for
cemetery records. Many cemetery records have been placed
online and can be located by using a search engine;
often death dates are listed by other researchers on
sites such as OneGreatFamily. Sometimes an obituary or
funeral service program can tell you which cemetery to
search. If you cannot find a document that gives
you the needed information, check with local historical
societies to learn which cemeteries were used at that
time. You should check the cemeteries in the following
order: 1) those which allied with your ancestors'
religious persuasion, 2) private graveyards,
3) family graveyards.
There are many family
graveyards in the South. Sometimes land deeds tell of
them. Also, the land owner may know that there was a
graveyard on his property, but not know where it was
located. Of course, you will need permission from the
current owner to search on his/her land. Many family
graveyards are overgrown or the stones have been broken
and covered. Most family graveyards were placed on a
hill and a topographical map could help you narrow the
search. If you obtain permission to try and locate an
overgrown graveyard, carefully probing the ground with a
pitchfork can help you locate tombstones that may have
been covered up.
Once you have located the
cemetery, you will want to determine if there are any
cemetery or sextons' records. Family cemeteries, of
course, have no sextons' records and church cemeteries
rarely have them. Private cemeteries usually keep some
type of record. They are often in the custody of the
present sexton or office of the county or town clerk.
These records can be very valuable when trying to locate
your ancestor's grave in a large graveyard. They may
also give some information about who purchased the
grave. Occasionally, they will provide unexpected
information. I contacted a sexton who kindly mailed me
the records of the place of burial of each of my
ancestors in the cemetery - and evidently this sexton
believed in going the extra mile, because attached to
each record was a copy of that ancestor's obituary!!
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