I love being able to find or use things for free or cheap considering my budget for this labor of love is rather small. And I like when those free/cheap products work well. Who doesn’t?! I didn’t know a thing about this Findagrave.com and was very skeptical at first because it just seemed too easy, too good to be true. I came across this site a time or two earlier in my research process but never paid it any attention because it just didn’t seem right. When I saw it come up in my Ancestry.com search results I was a little curious and followed the link.
As you can see from the screenshot, it is pretty much a self-explanatory site/source. You look for the grave of a person using their first and last names, state, county, and city – most of the info is optional – and it tells you the information about the person’s burial. There is also the option to search for cemeteries, view recently added records, a surname index, a forum to discuss “all things find a grave”, and even locate the graves of famous folks. If you have the information you can add a record yourself, although I’m not sure how that process goes since I just learned about this baby.
The lucky find that a Findagrave.com member was so kind to provide for me was the burial location of grandma’s uncle, my great grand uncle, Carter Johns. I was super stoked about this one because we (including Grandma) knew nothing of her family. All Grandma could tell us was her mother’s family lived in Lunenburg, Virginia, her mother, Myrtle, was a live-in maid for several families from D.C. and later Richmond, Virginia, her father was a man named William Smith (makes for easy searching, right?!) from D.C., and Grandma lived with her foster family, The Days’, in Richmond. So anything that I am able to learn about the family, I definitely like to share it with my dad and his siblings so they can learn a little more about their mother’s family. I only wish she was around to learn about it with me since I started this journey with her help.
There was supposed to be a blurb about how I went to Lunenburg, Virginia to go visit the grave site but I ended up spending my birthday in the emergency room tending to a loved one’s needs. I’ll have to update you with all of the deets about that trip at a later date.
It’s great learning about new tools and sources and figuring out how they can help you in your research. What free sources & tools are you using to find where your ancestors are buried and about their death in general? How have they helped your research?