Saturday, May 28, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - It's Find-a-Grave Time

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Hey genea-searchers, it's SATURDAY NIGHT ... time for more GENEALOGY FUN!!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

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.

Here's mine (in Find-a-Grave):

The first persons on my ancestral list that I don't have a Burial location for in my genealogy database are:

#29.  Sarah G. (Knapp) Auble (1818-after 1900), died in Indiana or Illinois?  No listing.
#38.  Thomas J. Newton (before 1800 - after1835), died ????  No listing.
#39.  Sophia (Buck) (Brigham) (Newton) Stone (1797-1882), died Westborough MA.  No listing.
#40.  John Richman (1788-1867), died in Hilperton, England.  No listing.
#41.  Ann (Marshman) Richman (1784-1856), died in Hilperton, England.  No listing.
#42.  John Rich (1793-1868), died in Hilperton, England.  No listing.
#43.  Rebecca (Hill) Rich (1790-1862), died Hilperton, England.
#44.  Jonathan White (1806-1850), died in Killingly CT. 

SUCCESS!! There's a Find-a-Grave listing for him in the White-Chace Lot in Glocester, Providence County, Rhode Island.  Unfortunately, there are no photographs of the cemetery or the grave.

#45.  Miranda (Wade) White (1804-1850) is also listed in this cemetery, along with a number of other White surnamed persons related to Jonathan.

That's as far as I went, but there are plenty of other good potentials on my ancestor list to find using this technique.

9 comments:

Carol Yates Wilkerson said...

The last two weeks I've been working on my Swedish ancestors, and it seems like most of them were cremated and there's no stone to find. I know the cemeteries and yet no listing for even an inurnment (sp?). Have a great weekend Randy!

Charlie said...

SUCCESS!! There's a Find-a-Grave listing for him in the White-Chace Lot in Glocester, Providence County, Rhode Island. Unfortunately, there are no photographs of the cemetery or the grave.

You can request those photos through the "Request Photo" link on findagrave link for the grave.

Charlie

Dorene from Ohio said...

I found my 6th great grandfather, William House, who died in 1788, in Glastonbury, Connecticut, on Find a Grave! It is awesome! Thanks for this challenge!

owlhart said...

Thanks for the SNGF this week. Didn't have any success; however, you did inspire me to create Find-a-Grave memorials for a pair of great-grandparents and great-great grandparents for the cemetery that they are known to be buried in, and then submitted photo requests. Hopefully, the SUCCESS will follow.

Sassy Jane Genealogy said...

And I found my husband's 6g-grandparents:

Eleanor Donnington Woodruff, 1701- 1760

Deacon John Woodruff, 1704 - 1768

Thanks for the prompt, Randy.

Sara said...

Thanks Randy - another fun challenge. I found a bunch a people with entries, but no known burial location, which was a bit frustrating. http://bit.ly/jGgP24

Liz said...

Great challenge, Randy! Here's my fun: http://gatapleytree.blogspot.com/2011/05/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-its-find.html

Mel said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this challenge! I didn't find any ancestors. But veered off the path and found my Great Aunt and Great Uncle! Probably wouldn't have found them had it not been for this challenge. http://www.researchjournal.yourislandroutes.com/2011/05/sngf-veering-off-the-find-a-grave-path/

Jim's Girl said...

Yay! I hadn't had success last time I searched there, but today found wonderful info on a branch of the family in Andover MA. Thanks for sending me in the right direction, Randy!