Cemetery Research


Visiting Your Ancestor’s Grave 3

At some point you are going to want to visit a cemetery where your ancestors rest. Your ancestor’s tombstone is the only physical evidence of the life they lived. Before you head out, find out whether the cemetery is still open for burials or whether it is no longer an active cemetery. If  the cemetery is no longer an active cemetery, your […]


“Locating Your Family in Cemeteries” Excerpt from July 2018 Magazine 2

Each month I have the great opportunity to learn from our writers while I edit and proof the magazine. I was inspired by this article from Cheri Hudson Passey and wanted to share this excerpt with you. I hope that you find a gem within and decide to subscribe to the magazine.   Locating the burial sites of your ancestors […]


Grave Dowsing 5

You meet the most interesting people on airplanes. A recent flight was no exception I was reading a genealogy book for background research on a current project. The lively, fun-loving mother-daughter team sitting next to me struck up a conversation with me when they saw I was interested in genealogy. They aren’t genealogists per se but the daughter, I’ll call […]


Photograph of Headstone

“You left the bodies, and you only moved the headstones!” 6

As an impressionable child I watched “Poltergeist,” and it has stuck with me to this day.  When I come across a reference to a cemetery that has been moved I can’t help but think of this classic line, “You moved the cemetery, but you left the bodies, didn’t you? You son of a … you left the bodies and you […]


Let’s Go to the Cemetery!

That’s what came out of the mouth of a sibling recently while we were driving around Boulder, Colorado seeing some of the sights and generally playing tourist. Quite a few of our ancestors are from the area and are buried in Columbia Cemetery, in Boulder. Like the families of many genealogists, my family only has a passing interest, so when […]


Mistakes Researchers Make Looking for Death Records 2

When looking for a death record for an ancestors, some researchers look for only the obvious-a death certificate or an obituary. So, what happens if they don’t find any? Some people give up. Smart researchers look for alternatives. What about the person who found a death certificate or obituary? Some stop. They think they have adequate proof of the ancestors death. But, is it and if it is, does it tell us everything we want to know about that ancestor? No, no, and again, no.