Death Finds a Way: A Janie Riley Mystery
by Lorine McGinnis Schulze
Janie Riley is an avid genealogist with a habit of stumbling on to dead bodies. She and her husband head to Salt Lake City Utah to research Janie's elusive 4th great-grandmother. But her search into the past leads her to a dark secret. Can she solve the mysteries of the past and the present before disaster strikes? Available now on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca
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© Lorine McGinnis Schulze
Cemetery records are an often over-looked resource. There is more to this than just walking the graveyard or finding transcribed tombstones. Sextons or caretakers of cemeteries often keep records of the names and dates of those buried and maps of the burial plots.
Cemetery records often include birth, marriage, and death information. They sometimes provide clues about military service, religion, or membership in an organization, such as a lodge. These records are helpful for identifying children who died young or women who were not recorded in family or government documents. You should also check to see if other relatives are in the same or nearby graves.
To find grave records follow these steps
- Find the town where your ancestor died
- Determine your ancestor's religion
- Check funeral notices, church records, and death certificates for burial location
- Search local newspapers for obituaries which may reveal a burial place.Search Newspapers Dating Back Over 150 Years!
- See if the cemetery (or cemeteries) are indexed either in book form or microfilmed by the LDS. Search the online Family History Library Catalogue
- Search for your ancestor's name. Be sure to record all other burials with the same surname in case these are relatives.
- Don't overlook the funeral home records as another source of information! My Irish ancestor's county of origin in Ireland could not be found. I had checked his tombstone, newspaper notices, funeral card without success. Then I checked the funeral home and his county of origin in Ireland was listed.
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