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Graveyards and genealogy


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Graveyards and genealogy

  1. 1. ….and some other things you may not know that you can find online
  2. 2. Celebration and Commemoration
  3. 3.  Death Certificates (vital records)  Social Security Death Index  Tombstones  Burial records  Church records  Obituaries and death notices   Wills
  4. 4.    US Genweb Tombstone Project  Search for specific cemeteries, people, projects
  5. 5.  US Veterans Gravesite Locator Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.
  6. 6. Most, but not all, foreign countries record births and deaths. Persons who need a copy of a foreign birth or death record should contact the Embassy or the nearest Consulate in the U.S. of the country in which the death occurred. General rule of thumb. Vital registration began in many countries around 1900 give or take a few decades.
  7. 7.  Founded in 1998, is an innovative online media company that collaborates with more than 800 newspapers in North America, Europe and Australia to provide ways for readers to express condolences and share remembrances of loved ones. is visited by more than 14 million users each month. It partners with 124 of the 150 largest newspapers in the U.S. …but it costs money sometimes.
  8. 8.  LSC-CyFair Branch Library Databases  New York Times Historical  Access Archive Newspaper  Limitations to any obituary search  Poor indexing  Finding the newspaper  Lack of an obituary  Cost
  9. 9.  Church records  Obituaries  State death indexes  Some international death information for Europe, Canada and Australia Most databases are very focused on a small region and time period. In other words, you need a bit of luck.
  10. 10.  Virtual Flowers  Guest books  “Read” a cemetery, provide a transcription  Add photos and history Genealogy is a very labor intensive, very personal, very human endeavor