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  • Going to talk about Find-A- GraveAs a Research Tool
  • Attended the February Morris AreaGenealogy Society meeting. Very nice presentation on various Cemeteries that the presenter visited and contacts he made along the way.Talked briefly about F-A-GTrip home (in the snow) realized that F-A-G might be a Genealogy ToolWant to talk about:What is on Find-A-GraveWhat you might find thereHow to Request a PhotoHow to Contribute to Find-A-Grave
  • I had used F-A-G as a research tool, with the Family Tree Maker program.Will only mention Family Tree Maker a couple of times, not How to use itStarted with the Family Name, and Location, area, where they lived. Didn’t really know the Cemetery. So, I had to find it. Then Visit the Cemetery.What did I findHow did I record the findings
  • Will show some of the Features of F-A-GHow do to a searchHow to request a photoWhat can you expect
  • Will leave exploring of the website up to youFind Famous GravesFamous Grave SearchQuestions and AnswersFrequently Asked QuestionsFind GravesForums, Store
  • Here is what I knew:USANew JerseyHunterdon County
  • From the FAG WebsiteSelect Search for a Cemetery
  • Didn’t know the Cemetery Name for sureSelected United StatesTip: Cursor in Country field, hit the “U”, then “U” until United States Shows upSelected New JerseySelected Hunterdon County
  • Only 169 Cemeteries in Hunterdon CountyHad to Refine
  • Knew Name, but only entered SurnameFound to Start general, then refineICONS: Virtual Flowers Famous Person Sponsored Person Photo of Headstone for the individual
  • Three Cemeteries where Deats were buried37 Deats buried in Hunterdon County
  • 37 Deats3 CemeteriesLooked for Hiram Deats who Died in 1963
  • Scrolled down the previous screen3 Hiram DeatsClicked on the Cherryville Baptist CemeteryFlemingtonHunterdon CountyKnew Died in 1963
  • AddressSearch BoxLinksView InternmentsAdd a NameSubmit Spread Sheet - Later
  • Scrolling Down ScreenOther ViewsSatelliteHybridEarth
  • Gets an idea of the area Especially if you haven’t been there beforeLarge Fields on the Left side of the screen
  • Hybrid View adds Street Names and Cemetery NameZoom In / Out to get a feel for the area
  • Known so farMy GPS needs the full address
  • There may be hunderds / thousands of Interments in a cemeterySearched for Deats
  • 21 Deats in Cemetery
  • There is Hiram
  • Scrolling down, find that there are three Hiram DeatsBottom one Died 1963Check the Dates:Hiram Deats: Died 1887Hiram Deats, Jr: Born 1853Hiram E Deats: Born 1870Don’t jump to conclusions, or is there a story here.
  • Where I parked, found a Deats plotBut, where are the other Deats that were listedLooked around – Found another PlotTook pictures of everything
  • Drive to CemeteryGPSOr can get directions from mapNote: TreeMonument on LeftMonument on Right
  • Tree on Left of both pictures are the same treeClose … BUTFirst Monument: Hiram Deats, Jr, and a couple other’s, not the 21Second Monument: Hiram Deats and Hiram E. DeatsNOTE the railing around 2nd monument
  • Note Red CircleThis is a View from within Family Tree Maker Version 2010Note the list of Names who are Buried HereGPS Setting on RightTree2nd Monument
  • Deats MonumentHiram E DeatsWife: Eva A Taylor (wife of Hiram E Deats)John Deats:Buried at Newark, OhioWatch for “In Memory of:” as they may not be buried there
  • Here is the FAG Page for Hiram E DeatsListed 2 years before a picture was posted.Note Monument and Foot StoneFoot Stones outer circleNote:Add a Photo for this PersonRequest a Photo
  • SurnamesMaudWilsonHoffLittleJulia Maud was the Wife of Ray C Wilson and Daughter of Porter C and Ellen Hoff Little 2 Generations shown
  • Look Around Monuments / Head Stones
  • Take Pictures:First picture is something to identify the CemeteryRecorded all information that was on the HeadstoneOnce in Family Tree Maker, used the Web Search Feature to look for Census Records, since I was building a family fileHouseholdsDates and RelationshipsCite the Sources from the Census – FTM 2008, 2009, 2010 use Residence FactUse the Burial FACT to record the CemeteryHave a Source-Citation as a Cemetery Visit and the DateUse the Image at the Source-Citation Media
  • Changing ViewsYou can JoinIts FreeAll you need is an Email AddressCreates a Profile
  • Created a ProfileContact – EmailBlog websiteContributionsFriends
  • Communicate to other FAG ContributorsQuick link to the Cemeteries that I contribute toNot covering Memorials but you can create Memorials
  • Contributor ToolsPhoto Volunteer10 mile radius of Zip CodeMy Cemeteries
  • Part of My Cemetery ListQuick Links to Cemetery
  • Requesting a Photo sends an email to a Volunteer
  • Go to the Cemetery Page and Locate the person, or use the Link to the person from the Internment ListingIn this case, Union Cemetery in Hackettstown for Richard Van HorneClick on Request A Photo
  • Email Request:Name of the Person looking forCemeteryContactDetails are HelpfulHas Plot Number
  • This is what I did since the Cemetery of covered with SnowSnow on the ground doesn’t necessarily slow me down
  • Requesting a Photo sends an email to a VolunteerPrep for VisitPrint RequestSee if there are other Photo Requests – Print OthersLook for other Surnames, especially if the photo request is for a femaleLook at F-A-G Symbols for Photo ICONLook for others with the Same SurnameLook for Female SurnameDon’t Accept Request until I am walking out the door
  • Surname ListSee name of requested PhotoRIP ICON = Photo OnlineLook at that photo as it may give hints about the surroundings
  • Take PictureClick on Add a Photo
  • Add Photo ButtonUpload a SpreadsheetWhen spreadsheet accepted upload photos
  • Upload a Spread SheetEXCEL TemplateWill cover details shortly
  • For Veterans Day, took some Vets Photos:Show Birth Dates on two head stonesDifferent View
  • Different ViewFredrick and FredAlso, the Son is to the right of the Father
  • Different ViewFredrick and FredAlso, the Son is to the right of the FatherHeadStone: March 6Veterans Plaque: March 9Tell Story, if there is time
  • Watch for links.Since this is my person, I can create a link between Edward Lord Abblebey and Nettie Louise Smith ApplebeyMy wife’s grandparents.Generally, I enter information that is on the Headstone. I have additional information, so that if I am contacted, I can share information.What is here, for Nettie – First, her name has been in question within the family. Confirmed by Birth CertificateHer birth Surname is listed and shown in ItalicsThe relationships are set up with the Memorial #
  • Request for Georgia Lammason AnthonyGot out of car, saw Budd Anthony on closest Stone but it was Grace AnthonyConnection between Anthony and Budd
  • View of Budd / Anthony StoneAnthony StoneFrom the other direction – See Car
  • Dialog with person requesting photo as she was looking for those relationshipsI don’t try to understand the Relationships, but report findings
  • Wonder IF:Church RelatedDonaldson’s Farm is across the street from where I liveIt’s a Farm
  • Wonder what the Carpenter’s occupation wasGolfer
  • German Valley CemeteryVolunteer FirefighterFirehouse right down the streetFireman’s TagHun BunSmoker
  • What do I use to do all of thisFilenames of Photos are importantPicasa had TagsCemeterySurnameGeo Tags for Location
  • Showed the Template earlierWorked from there
  • Fields in that TemplateFill in what I know OR what is on the Headstone
  • Spreadsheet worked, but needed to expandI may use those pictures for:FAGFTMTombstone TuesdayGroup of Bloggers who post stories or pictures on Tuesdays
  • Additional FieldsFilename helps with Sorting of the FileHave added Cemetery ID NumbersHave added Memorial ID Numbers
  • Date Calculator:May have DateAged: Years, Months, Days (some times)FTM has that calculator
  • Three ICONs to watch for:GeneaBloggers– 900 BloggersGrave Yard Rabbit AssociationGrave Mappers
  • Find-A-GraveBlogMy Tombstone CollectionTombstone TuesdaysCan view by CemeteryBy SurnameHelp Family Tree Maker UsersHave a Member Family Tree on Ancestry for the Deats tree is onlineGenealogy Wise (groups)SurnamesLocationsFind-A-GraveAncestry Member TreeFamily Tree Maker
  • HandoutTableCemetery NotebookCemetery FilesGenealogy Books from Family Tree MakerQuestionsContactsNameEmailFamily Tree Maker BlogCemetery Blog
  • Find-A-Grave

    1. 1. Bernards Township LibraryFamily History Interest Group A Research Tool
    2. 2. This Presentation Talked briefly about Find-A-Grave Genealogy Tool What is on Find-A-Grave What might you find How to Request a photo How to Contribute8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 2
    3. 3. F.A.G. and Family Tree Maker Started as a project to help do research for a friend Name and Location Find the Cemetery Visit Cemetery Findings Record Findings8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 3
    4. 4. How to use Find-A-Grave What is available How to search How to request photo What can you expect8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 4
    5. 5. Opening Page8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 5
    6. 6. Find-A-Grave Cemetery Search ◦ USA ◦ New Jersey ◦ Hunterdon County8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 6
    7. 7. Search for a Cemetery8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 7
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    9. 9. Find-A-Grave Cemetery Search ◦ USA ◦ New Jersey ◦ Hunterdon County ◦ 169 Cemeteries ◦ Refine Search8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 9
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    12. 12. Find-A-Grave Cemetery Search ◦ USA ◦ New Jersey ◦ Hunterdon County ◦ 169 Cemeteries ◦ Refine Search ◦ 37 Deats, 3 Cemeteries ◦ Hiram Deats d:19638/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 12
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    16. 16. Satellite View8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 16
    17. 17. Hybrid View8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 17
    18. 18. Cherryville Baptist Cemetery 594 Cherryville Rd Flemington Hunterdon County New Jersey USA Postal Code: 08822 Interactive map and GPS data: GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 40.56326, Longitude: -74.903898/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 18
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    20. 20. Cherryville Baptist Cemetery 594 Cherryville Rd Flemington Hunterdon County New Jersey USA Postal Code: 08822 Interactive map and GPS data: GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 40.56326, Longitude: -74.90389 21 Deats in Cemetery8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 20
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    23. 23. Cherryville Baptist Cemetery Immediate findings Looked around Second Burial Ground Took Photographs8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 23
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    25. 25. Two Deats’ Plots8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 25
    26. 26. Deats Plot, using Family TreeMaker8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 26
    27. 27. Deats Monument8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 27
    28. 28. Slid e8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group 28
    29. 29. Multiple Surnames8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group 29
    30. 30. Deats Monument8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 30
    31. 31. Web Search from Family TreeMaker Census Records ◦ Family Groupings in Household ◦ Ages / Dates ◦ Relationships Source-Citations ◦ Census Record ◦ Burial Entry ◦ Photo as Source-Citation Media8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 31
    32. 32. Find-A-Grave Profile8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 32
    33. 33. 8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 33
    34. 34. Contributor Tools Friends Cemeteries Memorials8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 34
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    37. 37. Photo Request What happens to request8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 37
    38. 38. Request a Photo8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 38
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    40. 40. Request Reply8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 40
    41. 41. Photo Request What happens to request Prep for Cemetery Visit What to look for Take Pictures8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 41
    42. 42. Look for other Surnames8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 42
    43. 43. Add a Photo8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 43
    44. 44. Photos to Find-A-Grave Uploaded photos to existing listings Uploaded Spreadsheet Uploaded photos to new listings8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 44
    45. 45. EXCEL Template8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 45
    46. 46. What you might find8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 46
    47. 47. But Look CloselyMar 6 Mar 98/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 48
    48. 48. Relationships8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 49
    49. 49. Look Around8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 50
    50. 50. Anthony – Burd Plots8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 51
    51. 51. Details of Plot8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 52
    52. 52. Occupations8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 53
    53. 53. Names or Occupations8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 54
    54. 54. What you might find8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 55
    55. 55. Software Used USB Camera to PC Filed by Date (folder) Camera Filenames Picasa (version 3) ◦ Copy Files from Photo Folder to FAG Folder ◦ Reduces file size ◦ Can Delete what is not used EXCEL Windows Explorer (to Rename Filenames)8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 56
    56. 56. How to Track Spread sheet Basic Fields for Find-A-Grave8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 57
    57. 57. Tracking Information ForFind-A-Grave Prefix Last Name First Name Middle Name Suffix Maiden Name Birth Month Birth Day Birth Year Death Month Death Day Death Year Plot Inscription Notes8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 58
    58. 58. How to Track Spread sheet Basic Fields for Find-A-Grave Naming of files What is posted: ◦ Find-A-Grave ◦ Family Tree Maker ◦ Tombstone Tuesday8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 59
    59. 59. Additional Fields State County Cemetery T.T. [ Tombstone Tuesday] F-A-G. [ Find-A-Grave] FTM [Family Tree Maker] Filename ◦ State, County, Cemetery, Name8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 60
    60. 60. Photos to Data for Database Recorded Names Recorded Dates ◦ Date Calculator Recorded Relationships8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 61
    61. 61. Blog ICONs8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 62
    62. 62. Websites Find-A-Grave My Tombstone Collection ◦ By Cemetery ◦ By Surname Family Tree Maker Ancestry.com Member Family Tree Genealogy Wise8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 63
    63. 63. Questions Russ Worthington hrworth @ gmail.com ftmuser.blogspot.com headstonecollection.blogspot.com8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 64
    64. 64. TaphophiliaFrom the Greek words taphos, meaning "tomb" or "sepulcher“, and philia, meaning "attraction or affinity to something, in particular the love or obsession with something"8/19/2012 Family History Interest Group Slide 65

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