Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: FindaGrave.com

Randy’s got a great Saturday Genealogy Fun this week:

1)  Go to the Find-a-Grave website (www.findagrave.com) and search for ancestors that you don’t know the burial location of.   How far back in time did you have to go to find this person?  Hint #1 – use your ancestor list to help you.  Hint #2 – don’t forget to use the last surname for females!

2)  If you think that Find-a-Grave will not have your persons of interest, then check another burial index that might help you.

3)  Tell us about your search – who did you look for, and who was the first ancestor that you found that you did not have a burial location for previously?  Write your own blog post, or make a comment on this post.

This is a great idea and one that’s always on my list I never get to. After about 15 searches, I found my husband’s 6G-Grandparents in the Presbyterian Church Burial Grounds, Westfield, Union, New Jersey, in Find-a-Grave:

Eleanor Donnington Woodruff, 1701- 1760

Deacon John Woodruff, 1704 – 1768

Isn’t that great? They aren’t linked as spouses, so I think I’ll write to the person who entered them. And I see 69 other Woodruffs in that single cemetery, so pardon me, but I have some work to do.

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”

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